Online Citation Resources
2016 MLA Update
For a brief and clear snapshot of the intellectual essence at the core of the new 2016 MLA update, check out JM Paquette's summary of the new MLA approach, posted on Writing Commons, an open source resource for all things related to writing.
Then work with the following interactive HTML document--developed by a Saginaw Valley State University writing center consultant--to understand the details of how the new approach to the Works Cited page will actually look. This document captures the new "layering" approach in a more visual manner, and also provides useful examples/details for each layer. Check it out here! (Tip: click on the colored bands)
GW Writing Center In-House Citation Companions
These worksheets are intended to prompt writers to learn for themselves how to work with citations appropriately. These checklists provide you with some basic formatting rules, but please be aware that there are other details that will require consultation with a citation guide (that you can find in the following sections) or your professor.
- APA References: Use this worksheet to begin formatting the end-of-document bibliographic information.
- APA In-Text Citations: Use this worksheet to begin formatting in-text citations (that's the part that goes in the parentheses in the body of the text).
- Chicago (Notes-Bibliography) - Bibliography: Use this worksheet to begin formatting the end-of-document bibliographic information.
- Chicago (Notes-Bibliography) - Footnotes/Endnotes: Use this worksheet to begin formatting the footnotes and endotes throughout the body of the text.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides an up-to-date detailed guide to both APA and MLA citation styles, including such information as citing a source with multiple authors and citing indirect sources. It includes information about in-text citations and end-of-document bibliographic formatting, as well as sample papers.
Through the GW Libraries, you can acces the Chicago Manual Style and Turbian Style Guides online: