Modern Language Association (MLA) style, most commonly used in the humanities and liberal arts, is a specific formatting style that students and scholars use when writing papers and citing sources. Citing sources in MLA Style requires a brief in-text citation and a final Works Cited page with the full details of each source used.
The Works Cited list is the final page of a research paper and is comprised of citations for all sources used. It provides the complete details for each source that was cited briefly in-text and should be alphabetized and double-spaced. If the full citation for a source is longer than one line then every line after the first should have a half-inch hanging indent.
Any time you paraphrase or quote from a source you must give an in-text citation. Every in-text citation points a reader to complete details of each source used in the Works Cited page (at the end of your paper). In-text citations in MLA style require you to give author and specific page number(s) when available.
Formatting a paper correctly in MLA, including margins, page numbers, and more, is explained in detail at the MLA Style Center.