There are two types of MLA format citations: in-text citations and full citations.
All sources used for a project are found on the MLA format Works Cited page, which is generally the last item in a project.
This guide extensively covers this format but is not associated with the organization.
The Modern Language Association Handbook is in its 8th edition and standardizes the way scholars document their sources and format their papers.
When you're borrowing information from a source and placing it in your research or assignment, it is important to give credit to the original author. Depending on the type of information you're including in your work, citations are placed in the body of your project and all are included in a "Works Cited" list, at the end of your project. This page summarizes the information in the handbook, 8th edition.
There is also a section below on a recommended way to create an MLA header.
This is a specific way to cite, following the Modern Language Association's guidelines.
There are other styles, such as APA format and Chicago citation style, but MLA format is often used for literature, language, liberal arts, and other humanities subjects.
Other updates include the addition of "containers." A container is essentially what a source sits in.
Chapters are found in a book, songs are found in an album, and journal articles are found in journals. URLs are now encouraged to be added into citations (remove and https:// when including URLs), social media pseudonyms and usernames can replace the real name of the author, volume and issue numbers are now abbreviated as vol.