Visual Guide to Citing Sources in MLA Format

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Visual Guide to MLA Format

How It Works

Using the fan chart and by associating the numbers with the citation parts in the key to the right, you can cite nearly any source in MLA format. Here’s how:

1) Locate the type of source you are trying to cite within one of the four source categories: Books, Periodicals, Online Sources, or Other.
2) Identify the colored thread in the fan chart that is associated with your source.
3) Moving left to right in your source’s column of trapezoids, jot down each number.
4) Use the list below to match the number with the complete citation information for each number. Note: The punctuation in each numbered item is exactly as it should appear in your citation.
5) Fill out your citation in the proper order.

 
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Generate Citations with RefME

desktopRefME is a free web and mobile tool to generate citations, reference lists and bibliographies. With REfME you can:

  • Create references with one click
  • Reference in many styles including MLA, APA, and Harvard
  • Scan book and journal barcodes to generate a reference (Get the app in the App Store or Google Play)
  • Store your references in the cloud

Although this tool may make referencing easy, it shouldn’t replace knowing how to create references ‘by hand.’ We have many resources for you on our Additional Resources page under Citing Sources.

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