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ENGL 231: Introduction to Indigenous Literatures

Citing Your Sources


Modern Languages Association (MLA) style is one of several styles for academic citation. It is used in the humanities, especially English. The examples in this guide cover the more common sources only. For more detailed information, refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed) available in the reference and the circulation collections at LB 2369.G53 2009.

MLA Style Guides Online




Citation Management Tools

I recommend that you invest some time in learning to use one of the online citation management tools. Have a look at our How To Cite guide for a description of some of the more popular tools.

Citation management tools enable you to:

  • download, gather, and store references from databases and library catalogues automatically
  • format citations and bibliographies in seconds
  • connect to your account anywhere there's web access
  • share your citations with other users
  • format bibliographies, in-text references, and footnotes automatically in MLA or 240 other styles.

The UBC Research Commons offers workshops throughout each term on three of the most popular citation management tools: RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero. To view upcoming workshops and to register for a session, visit the Library Workshops and Events Calendar and search for citation management. They also offer individual consultation appointments, via the link under "Consultations" on the main Research Commons page. You can also email them at