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What is MLA Style

...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

Writing & Grammar

Sources to Start With

Out Magazine

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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.

The New Yorker

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


TED Talks

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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

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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 Research Journal

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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

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

American Cinematographer

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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

The Threepenny Review

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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.



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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

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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.


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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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.

Research Organization

PowerNotes is a Google extension that can help organize your ideas into an outline format plus it captures text information from sources you’ll be looking at online. As you highlight text while searching online, PowerNotes gathers that source info as you go, so you don’t have to keep tons of tabs open or save them to bookmarks.