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English and American Literature

A resource guide for the study of English and American Literature.

MLA Handbook Plus online

NYU now subscribes to the MLA Handbook Plus, the digital version of the MLA Handbook. Looking to cite or format your paper in MLA style? Start here!

Print Guidebooks on MLA Style

For official information on how to cite your sources, there are two resources: the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (recommended for most MLA style questions) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (recommended for graduate study and publication).

Citing Sources with MLA Style

In addition to the MLA Handbook, there are also free resources on MLA style available online, including Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL). Their MLA Style Guide contains guidelines for MLA style in citations and bibliographies, including a section summarizing changes in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook. In addition, the Modern Language Association's own MLA Style Center offers basic guidelines and formatting recommendations.

Citation Management Tools

Take notes, organize your research, import citations from electronic databases and catalogs, format your references in dozens of standard styles (MLA, APA, etc.) for bibliographies; insert footnotes and endnotes directly into your papers.

NYU libraries offer a number of citation management tools to our users and the ones listed below are some of the more popular tools available. However, in order to make the right choice of citation management tool for your research, take a look at the comparison chart on the Citation Style research guide (linked below).

The following research guides offer more detailed guidance for each of the citation management tools the NYU Libraries support: