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Citation Guide (MLA 9th Edition) UNDER CONSTRUCTION

How to cite sources according to MLA

Citation Generators

A Note of Caution

Always check over auto-generated citations! Sometimes they make odd mistakes or capitalize all of the words. For instance, this auto-generated citation has parsed the author's name incorrectly.

Auto-generated version:

Megan, Thee S. "Why I Speak Up for Black Women: [Op-Ed]." New York Times, Oct 14, 2020. ProQuest,

Correct version:

Megan Thee Stallion. "Why I Speak Up for Black Women: [Op-Ed]." New York Times, Oct 14, 2020. ProQuest,


Some of our databases -- such as EBSCOhost, ProQuest, JSTOR, and Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints -- provide pre-formatted citations! Look for a link or button called "Cite" or "Citation."

Example: ProQuest databases

Screenshot of Proquest Cite Tool

Free Online Generators

Many of these services also offer browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

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MLA Paper Templates

Citation Managers

Here are a selection of popular free and paid citation management software products.

Free Fee-based

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Noodle Tools


More Works Cited Help

More In-Text Citation Help

Additional Resources

Do You Need Citation Help?

In addition to this guide, the Library offers a variety of information literacy instruction.

You may also visit the Library for citation help, or use the Ask a Librarian form on the Library website.

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