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CAHT 112 - Culinary 2: Citing Your Sources

MLA Style - 7th Edition

What is MLA Style?

It is an editorial style developed by the Modern Language Association and used for written materials in the humanities. MLA Style requires you to cite the sources you have used in two places: the in-text citation and as part of your works cited list at the end of your paper. 

How do I Format In-Text Citations?

In MLA Style, each quotation or paraphrase must include the author's last name, a short title if more than one work by the same author is used, and the page number. Below are a few examples:

Identify the author in the text and give the page reference at the end: Hale has argued this point (145-47).

Identify the author and page at the end: This point has previously been argued (Hale 145-47).

Identify a short title if more than one work by an author is used: When women enter a male occupation, “pay, recognition, and opportunities drop” (Fillmore, Women MBA's, 195).

Identify the source within a sentence when necessary for clarity: As Long (37) had predicted, research demonstrated a relationship between smoking and cancer (Smith 234).

How do I Create a Works Cited Page?

  • Arrange citations alphabetically by author’s last name
  • Arrange anonymous (no author) works by the first significant word in the title
  • If there are more than three authors, you may choose to list only the first author followed by the phrase et al.
  • Double-space between each entry
  • Indent the second line of each entry (a hanging indent)
  • MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations

Helpful Websites

MLA 7 Citation Examples

Most of the resources you find electronically through the library will create a citation for you. To create one yourself, you need to know a few pieces of information about your source and then use the examples in the chart below to format your citation. 

MLA citation style (7th ed.)