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MLA Formatting Assistance & Help

LibGuide for Writing a Research Paper — a one-stop resource for writing tips, research ideas & tutorials, citation information, plagiarism & information ethics guidelines.

MLA Quick Guide sheet 

Excelsior Owl Online Writing Lab—  Here you will find links to help guides for every step of the research/writing process!

Basic in-text citations

Basic MLA style rules

MLA Formatting Quotations 2016

MLA Style Guide – quick MLA formatting examples for proper citations.

Knight Cite A free service to help you cite your sources properly. You can also set up a free account.

Bib Me! A free citation machine to help you cite your sources properly.

OWL Purdue University– This resource has pretty much everything you need — offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page. They no longer have a citation ‘generator’ — only the “how-to’s” of generating citations.

Citation Tutorial follow this link to get a quick overview of MLA formatting & the new changes.



Diigo – This free research tool makes it easy to highlight and annotate text on the web. You can access everything you save from your phone or another PC.

MyStickies – Sticky notes for the web. Better than bookmarks because you can annotate MyStickies with reminders, ideas, and other important info.

Web-Chops – Clip any part of a web page. Save it and arrange onto a personal topic page. You can share topic pages with friends or keep them all to yourself.

Cornell Notes PDF Generator – Create fully customizable and printable note-taking pages with this simple but wonderful web app. Pages can be blank, ruled, or graphed.

OttoBib – Enter an ISBN and OttoBib will automatically create a bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago format. (this ONLY works with books, not websites)