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MLA Citation Style 7th edition   Tags: citations, citing, mla, mla_style, sources  

A guide to help with formatting your citations in MLA style.
Last Updated: Jun 9, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Citing Google Scholar Articles

Good news! Google Scholar provides an option for pre-formatted citations of articles from the search result list. Currently,  MLA, APA, and Chicago are the only options.

You can select a citation pre-formatted on the Cite link located below a search result and choose from the available citation styles. As with any resource that provides citations, always check to make sure formatting is correct by using COTR Library citation how-to guides or consult with the helpful staff at the Reference Desk.


Tips for using Google Scholar pre-formatted citations

Many online products, such as Google Scholar, offer citation  assistance through pre-formatted options.  If you choose an item from Google Scholar, you must still evaluate it for credibility, relevance, and authority.  The Cite option is located on the same line in the results list as the Cited by feature, below the record details.

Change it Tips MLA:

  1. After pasting the citation in your paper, create a hanging indent.
  2. Make it double spaced.
  3. Change the font to Times New Roman 12 or font style preferred by your instructor.
  4. At the end of the citation add Web. and date you retrieved the article.

MLA Example:

Efron, Bradley, and Robert Tibshirani. "Bootstrap methods for

standard errors, confidence intervals, and other measures of

statistical accuracy." Statistical Science 1.1 (1986): 54-75. Web. 5

Nov. 2012.


Learn More

Learn more about the Modern Language Association style from the association website.

A clearly organized and well presented document offering details on various levels of MLA citation style. 

An alternative to College of the Rockies Library MLA Citation Style Guide

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The MLA Style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.

Librarians at SFU have created what is considered the definitive resource for use when citing Canadian Government documents and online resources in MLA Style.


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