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English Literature: Citing your sources

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Literature Citation

MLA is the citation and style method for Literature, Film, Poetry and Drama.

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Writing & Citing Literature

Citing in MLA Style

Citing involves creating your bibliography or works cited as well as paranthetical citations -- citing within the body of the paper. 

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  • Titles of books, plays, or works published singularly (not anthologized) should be italicised unless it is a handwritten document, in which case underlining is acceptable. (Ex.HamletGreat Expectations)


  • Titles of poems, short stories, or works published in an anthology will have quotation marks around them. (Ex. "Ode on a Nightingale," "The Cask of Amontillado")


  • All pages in your essay should have your last name the page number in the top right hand corner. (Ex. Jones 12)

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