MLA (Modern Language Association) style is one of several different formats dictating citation styling/formatting and is most commonly used to for writing within liberal arts and humanities. The primary source for MLA style is the MLA Handbook, shown to the left. The most current edition is the 8th edition, which offers examples of citations and in-text citations, along with abbreviation and scholarly writing tips.
These are the core Elements, identified in MLA 8, that should generally be included in the citation (if they exist) to fulfill principle #1, above. For many sources there is more than one container.
Optional elements may be included at the writer's discretion to fulfill principle #3, above.