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Citations: MLA Citation

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Although citation generators can format your in-text citations and references, with some even alphabetizing the entries for you, they are not perfect and will still require double-checking. Be sure to check with your instructor to see if you are permitted to use them.


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More Questions? MLA Resources

The Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide is another helpful resource for MLA citation. This page provides information about citing (giving credit for any quotes, facts, paraphrases, or summaries in your paper). Check here for help with your works cited page (bibliography page).

MLA example

Click the image for an informative example of a research paper with explanations of MLA formatting:


Works Cited Page

The last page of your essay is called the "Works Cited" page. This is where you list the full citation of your sources in MLA format.

This page will help you create a "Works Cited" page.

MLA Format: Works Cited

Works Cited list

When you use outside sources, you will need to create a works cited list that tells your reader all the information they need to go find the source themselves if they want to.  Commonly used sources include:


Gardner, Howard.  Five Minds for the Future.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Press,

2006. Print.

Articles from Databases

Koechlin, Carol. "Five Minds for the Future."  Rev. of Five Minds for the FutureTeacher

Librarian 36.3 (2009): 57-59.  Student Resource Center - Gold. Web. 15 Apr. 2010.


"History of Project Zero."  Project Zero.  School of Education, Harvard University.  2010.  Web.

15 Apr. 2010.

For more information about creating a works cited list, see OWL Purdue MLA Works Cited.   There you will find examples of how to cite many different types of sources.

MLA Format: In-Text Citation

In-Text Citations

-When you use outside sources, you want to 1)  introduce them to the reader, 2) indicate a page number when applicable, and 3) show how this quote relates to what you are trying to say.

According to Howard Gardner the synthesizing mind is important for "selecting crucial information from the copious amounts of information available" (154).  In my experience, it is difficult to know which information is crucial.

-Longer quotes should be indented.

Howard Gardner argues that schools should cultivate all 5 minds for the future:

It is up to the educational system as a whole -- the educational systems in the broadest sense -- to ensure that the ensemble of minds is cultivated.  In one sense, this is a job of synthesis--making sure that all five kinds of minds are developed.  But equally, it is an ethical obligation:  in the years ahead, societies will not survive--let along thrive--unless as citizens we respect and cultivate the quintet of minds valorized here.  (165)

It is important to non emphasize too much one mind over the other, but the different qualities they bring and how they work together.

-For more information about in-text citation, see OWL Purdue MLA In-Text Citation.



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