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Recently, MLA released an 8th edition; we are currently in the process of updating our MLA materials to reflect these changes. As of now, all MLA materials on the WS LibGuide are the 7th edition guidelines. 

If you are assigned/are assigning a project requiring MLA format and documentation, make certain to specify the 7th or 8th edtiion. The changes are somewhat significant and will impact how sources are documented.

You can find the MLA 8th edition guidelines at OWL at Purdue (

MLA Formatting (7th ed.): What it is and What it Looks Like

MLA formatting is the most common citation used by students of the humanities. Although professors at Watkins may ask you to complete APA or Chicago-style citations if they believe it will better prepare you for work in your chosen field, most general education classes will utilize MLA. 

Below you will find an example of MLA formatting, specifically the first page of a polished essay. To the right you can find an example of a polished Works Cited page. Both of these, as well as a great deal of other useful information, are available from OWL at Purdue. 


MLA Works Cited (7th ed.)

For this and a great deal more information, visit OWL at Purdue online or contact the Writing Studio to make an appointment!


On-the-Go MLA Guides (7th ed.)

Check out these easy-to-read PowerPoint and MLA Guides (7th ed.) that will teach you some formatting, citation, and documentation basics. Feel frint to print and put in your folder!


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