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What to do If I Need an Example of MLA Research Paper with Citations

MLA which stands for modern language association writing style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the humanities and liberal arts. It has no set of rules to follow but rather has guiding principles which are:

  1. For in-text citation
    • When referring to the work of others in the text, use parenthetical citation which involves placing the relevant source information in a parenthesis after a quote or a paraphrase.
    • The source information that you provide in-text must correspond to the source information on the cited page. Any word that you put in your text from another person’s work must be the first thing appearing on the left margin of the corresponding entry in the works cited list.
    • Follow the author-page method; the author’s last name and the page number from which the phrase or word was taken must appear in the text. The authors name may appear in the sentence or parenthesis after the phrase/quotation but the page number must be in the parenthesis. It should appear as in the research paper MLA example below;
      • Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Shakespeare 263).
      • Shakespear extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
  2. When citing non-print sources from the internet
    More and more scholarly work is becoming available on the internet and you may have to cite research from virtual environments. When citing from an internet source, it is important to note that the citation must reference the source in the works cited. How do you write a citation with no page numbers available as in the case of internet sources?
    • Include the first item that appears in the work cited entry corresponding to the citation. It can be the authors’ name, website name and so on.
    • Leave out the page numbers; do not use the ones based on your browsers print preview function.
    • Provide partial URLs such or (especially for domain names) as opposed to writing the whole address http// unless otherwise instructed.
  3. The works cited page
    This appears at the end of your research paper; this is evident in every MLA research paper sample. All the entries here must correspond to the works cited in the main text. Some general guidelines for this page include:
    • Begin in a new page after the conclusion of your paper. The page should have a page number, header and footer as the others.
    • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries
    • List page numbers of sources
    • Include a location for online sources; use a URL or DOI (digital object identifier) for these