Skip to Main Content

Los Angeles Library: Research & Writing

...What is MLA style, anyway?

When you write a college-level paper, you present your thoughts and research in a professional way - a big part of that process is giving credit to the other authors and researchers whose material you use to make your arguments. The format you use to give credit to these past scholars, both in the body of the paper and in the Bibliography or Works Cited page, is called the "citation style". 

There are many different citation styles in the academic world, some of which are specific to certain disciplines. At AMDA, you'll write all your papers in MLA Style from the Modern Language Association, which is used widely throughout the Humanities. See the links below about MLA Style and how to properly format your citations.

MLA Style & Citations

Get more help!

Are you interested in Zoom-ing with an AMDA Librarian?

Schedule it here!

Research Tools

Writing & Grammar

Sources to Start With

Out Magazine

Available from AMDA via the Flipster App

Out Magazine showcases today's hottest creative talents from the worlds of music, theater and the arts and enriches the gay experience with thoughtful writing, stunning visuals, and authoritative coverage of fashion and design.

Bitch Magazine

Available from AMDA via the Flipster App

Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. 

The New Yorker

Available from AMDA via the Flipster App

The New Yorker is an American weekly magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry.

Los Angeles Magazine

Available from AMDA in the Library

The definitive resource on the people, food, culture, arts & entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, and Los Angeles news that defines LA.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Available from LAPL with a Library Card

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource covering today’s most compelling social issues and enduring controversies. It includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.


Available from LAPL with a Library Card

PressReader distributes digital versions of over 7,000 newspapers and magazines in more than 60 languages through its applications for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and various e-readers.

TED Talks

Available on any Browser

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

The New York Times

Available from AMDA via Email Sign-Up

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 130 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper.

Dance Magazine

Available from AMDA in the Library

For over 80 years, dancers have turned to Dance Magazine for the most relevant, cutting edge and influential dance coverage.

Dance International

Available from AMDA via the Flipster App

Devoted to covering a wide spectrum of contemporary and classical dance from around the world, our in-depth features, reviews and reports by established and emerging writers build a lively conversation around dance.

Dance Research Journal

Available from AMDA via Performing Arts Periodicals database

Dance Research Journal is oriented primarily toward historical and critical theory of dance. The journal also reports on scholarly conferences, archives, and other projects of interest to the field.

Dance Teacher

Available on any Browser

Dance Teacher Magazine has inspired and educated dance teachers everywhere - in a conservatory, private studio, public school, outreach program, college or university.

American Cinematographer

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

American Cinematographer offers fascinating, in-depth interviews with top Hollywood, independent and foreign filmmakers and their collaborators, who share detailed analyses of their production methods and creative philosophies.

Film Comment

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

Film Comment magazine features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world.

Sight & Sound

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

Sight & Sound has a unique perspective on the very best of film culture. Covering moving image culture from all corners of the globe in news, features, interviews and reviews of every film released theatrically in the UK written in an insightful and intelligent manner.


Available from AMDA via Flipster App

Offers informative and insightful in-depth articles covering all forms of animation including information on film, television, gaming, anime, technology, commercials, conferences, events and trends in the animation industry including education and training.

Literature Video Channel on AVON

Available from AMDA via Academic Video Online (AVON)

Academic Video Online includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage.

New Criterion

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

The New Criterion brings together a wide range of young and established critics whose common aim is to bring you the most incisive criticism being written today.

The Threepenny Review

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

The Threepenny Review is a quarterly review of the arts which covers books, theater, film, dance, music and other subjects. It also publishes original poetry and fiction, memoirs, and sociopolitical articles.

Context & Criticism

Available from AMDA via Drama Online

Historical, critical, and theoretical background plus companions to theatrical movements, theatre histories, geographies, playwrights, and research into applied theatre.

American Songwriter

Available from AMDA in the Library

American Songwriter provides latest news, information, and coaching from the music industry geared to aspiring professional songwriters, musicians, music publishers, studio owners, copyright lawyers, record label A&R, and music enthusiasts.


Available from AMDA via Flipster App

Publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres.

Rolling Stone

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

The best in culture from the authority on music, entertainment, politics and pop culture. Regular features include state-of-the-art audio and electronics columns, record reviews, reader correspondence, interviews and photojournalism features.


Available via Online Subscription

This UK-based magazine features new releases, reissues, compilations, film and live concert reviews, as well as radio and television reviews plus much of the magazine is devoted to interviews with popular musical artists.

American Theatre

Available from AMDA via Flipster App

Your inside look at what's happening in theatre across, the U.S., around the world and the people who create it; including 5 complete playscripts each year, artists profiles, and two special issues each year: "Theatre Training" (January) and "Season Preview" (October).

HowlRound Theatre Commons

Available on any Browser

HowlRound is a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners.


Available from AMDA via Flipster App

The most trusted name in casting, auditions, and entertainment-industry news and opportunities including articles, career advice, celebrity interviews, industry news, casting calls, and more.

The Theatre Times

Available on any Browser

Theatre Times brings together theatre makers and theatre lovers, facilitating global collaborative models, and generating opportunities for interaction and creative development amongst a wide network of international theatre makers and theatergoers.