Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:
Author: Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?
Accuracy: Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources? How does the information compare to other sources you have found?
Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?
For more tips and guidelines, see:
- Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley Libraries)
- Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
MLA citation style is most frequently used in the humanities (literature, languages, art). The MLA Handbook was first published by the Modern Language Association in 1951.
MLA style relies on parenthetical citations (author, page number) for material that is quoted, summarized or paraphrased in the text of a paper. The sources referenced in parenthetical citations are compiled at the end of the paper as a Works Cited list.
Consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers as the definitive source for MLA citation rules.
See also: Frequently Asked Questions About the MLA Handbook
Visit these reputable websites for examples of MLA style citations: