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Citation Guide to MLA Style
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About MLA Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is a set of guidelines for formatting academic manuscripts and citing materials used by other writers.

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MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 7th edition
Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2009 Ready Reference


Citation Tip

Avoid quoting works "cited in" other works.  

If what you quote or paraphrase is itself a quotation "cited in" another work, put the abbreviation qtd. in (“quoted in”) before the indirect source you cite in your parenthetical reference.

See Example below. 


Quote in text...

As Carter Martin states, "Only a few characters are more deeply evil, and they incarnate the force and living presence of a chaotic, destructive, and dark principle of evil in the world; these characters are agents of or physical embodiments of the devil" (qtd. in Shaw).


refers to this in Works Cited

Shaw, Mary Neff. "Responses to God's Grace: Varying Degrees of Doubt in Flannery

        O'Connor's Character Types." CLA Journal 44.4 (June 2001): 471-479. Rpt. in

        Short Story Criticism. Ed. Janet Witalec. Vol. 61. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature

        Resource Center. Web. 1 Dec. 2010.


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