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What does MLA mean?


MLA stands for Modern Language Association. Basically, when asked to use MLA format you are being asked to format your paper in a certain way and to follow specific rules.


Resources in the Library

West Hills Community College Coalinga Library

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MLA: The Easy Way! Revised Edition - Peggy M. Houghton and Timothy J. Houghton
ISBN: 9780923568955
Can be found on tutorial resources shelf.

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
ISBN: 9781603290
Can be found on tutorial resources shelf and on reserve.

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The Norton Field Guide to Writing - Richard Bullock and Maureen Daly Goggin
ISBN: 9780393933819
This book has a great example of MLA formatting on page 468. This book is also found on reserve in the Library.

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Sample Papers

  • Short Sample Paper
    Short Sample Paper that includes correct MLA formatting.
  • Detailed Sample Paper
    This paper goes into much more detail about MLA formatting, with helpful pop-up boxes next to important information.


Most Databases like, EBSCOHOST, Gale and SIRS create correct MLA citations.


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