I am using data from 3-4 different sources in my table. How to cite the source information in MLA format? As far as I know, Source information is written below tables in the MLA style. But is it okay to mention multiple sources below the table? Won't it look cluttered?

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    Yes, you need to cite it. Yes, it can look a little cluttered, but you need to cite all the sources. I've seen published tables with a dozen or more citations listed underneath.
    – Jon Custer
    Nov 20, 2019 at 14:28
  • Thank you @JonCuster. Yes, citing is of course a must, I was just wondering if there's any other way. But since you've seen tables with multiple sources cited below it, I think it should be fine. Nov 22, 2019 at 5:46

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The MLA Style Center now provides an answer to this very question:

Indicate the sources of your data in a note beneath the table or figure. If that is too cumbersome, give the sources in an endnote placed in the text that introduces the table or figure.

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