MLA Style Reference Generator: Reference Books, Newspapers, Journals and Websites

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Click on one of the following to go to the correct form.

Book

Magazine Article

Journal Article

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Please note: preferred referencing systems may vary - alternative formats include APA/Harvard Referencing. You should always check to ensure you are abiding by the correct regulations as laid down by the institution you are submitting to.

About The MLA Reference Generator

If you're a student and have ever had to write Reports, Essays or Theses, you will have had to reference what you have used in your report. If you mention something that someone else has written, you need to give them credit.

The MLA Referencing System is one of the preferred layouts for these references. It is a relatively strict way of arranging the bibliographical information, established by the Modern Language Association.

This tool takes in the raw information - author, title, year of publication - and creates the reference in the correct form.

You can then highlight and copy these into your essays and reports.

Why have a "Works Cited" page in an Essay or Report?

The Works Cited page, also called a Bibliography, is a list of the books (or other sources of information) that you consulted when writing an essay, report, thesis or dissertation.

When doing research, we very rarely come up with our own theories. These take time to develop, and involve putting them out for debate. By researching the theories of others, we include ideas in our works that have already gone through that academic testing.

However, you have to be aware that you are using someone else's work for your own benefit. You will get the marks, but the author of the ideas may have put in decades of research to come up with the concepts.

Therefore, you need to ensure that you reference your sources - essentially giving credit to the person whom you are citing. You do this on the Works Cited page, which is usually the last page in your report.

Throughout your report, you use a shortened version of the citation next to the text your are using in the form (Author Page) e.g. (Wordsworth 263). They can then turn to the Works Cited page to see the full version of this citation.


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