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Engineering: Citing Sources

This guide is designed to provide a basic overview of library services and resources useful for conducting engineering research.

Writing & Tutoring Center

The Writing Center in the Library Learning Resources (LLR) building provides guidance and tutoring for writing across the curriculum.

Appointments are required for tutoring (same day appointments are often possible). 

To make a 45 min appointment with a tutor, go to the Writing Center website and use the online scheduling system. Online Reservations are required.

MLA Style

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MLA is a style of writing and formatting that is created and updated by the Modern Language Association, and is most commonly used in the humanities, such as in English courses.

Copies of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., 2009 available in the Library [LB2369 .G53 2009]. If you need help with your MLA citations, check with the reference librarian in person, by phone at (805) 378-1506 or email at

Many databases now include citation features. These citations may not be completely correct and frequently have errors in capitalization and names. Use them as a starting point and be sure to check them before including them in your paper.

General Formatting

Follow these guidelines in formatting your MLA paper:

- Double-space the text of the paper.

- Use Times New Roman font, 12 point.

- Leave only one space after punctuation marks.

- Set margins of the document to 1 inch on all sides.

- Tab indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin.

- Use the + sign if the pages are not consecutive.

 - Make a page header that numbers all pages in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.

Works Cited Page:

Citations with more than one line of text should be double-spaced and have a hanging indent of 1/2 inch or 5 spaces. For additional examples of citations in MLA style see the OWL at Purdue MLA Formatting and Style Guide.

Help with MLA Citations

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MLA Handbook, 8th Edition
Ref. LB2369 .G53 2016 

Below are links to websites which offer advice on citations. You should always check your MLA Manual. 

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) - MLA 8th edition

Moorpark College Library MLA Citation Guide - 8th Edition