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Citations: MLA Citations

Information on why and how to cite your sources using APA & MLA. Includes links to useful tools and tutorials, as well as other citation styles.

MLA Handbook


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MLA Style FAQs

Purdue OWL: Works Cited

Below are links to some of the most commonly cited types of sources.

MLA Style Citations: WCC

MLA Citations: Works Cited

Works Cited

The Works Cited is a listing of all sources used in your paper. It is located after the main body of the paper and before any appendices. 

Your Works Cited list should have all citations alphabetized, double-spaced, and in 12pt Times New Roman font. If your citation takes up more than one line a hanging indent must be used. For further information on this topic please see the MLA Paper Format section of this subject guide.

MLA Style Citations

Below you will find information on how to accurately cite information using MLA style. This is not a comprehensive guide. For more complete information please see the MLA Handbook or the Purdue OWL.


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MLA Style Citations: General Information

Some important information to remember when formatting your MLA style citations:

  • Your reference list should be titled "Works Cited". 
  • Capitalize the first letter of each principal word in the title and subtitle.
  • For online sources with no publication/posting date, give the date you accessed the source.
  • If no author is named, begin the entry with the title.
  • If the title and publisher are the same, provide just the title.
  • Be sure to pay attention to the punctuation used in your citations.

MLA Style Citations: Core Elements

The Modern Language Association (MLA) recognizes that there are a wide variety of formats that information comes in. This is why the newest edition focuses on using one general format rather than a different format for each type of source.

Below you will find a copy of the table that is used to identify the core elements that make up all MLA citations. For more detailed information on these please see pages 20-58 of the MLA Handbook.

MLA Style Citations: Articles

The basic format for citing an article is:

Author name(s). “The Title of the Specific Source.” The Title of its Container (publication), Publisherversion (volume), number, publication date, location (pages). The Title of the Second Container (database, website, etc.), Publisher, location (DOI or URL, but leave out the http://).
 

For example:

Journal article with DOI:

Morrison, Lloyd W. "Species Assembly Patterns in Polynesian Ants." Pacific Science, vol. 69, no.1, Jan. 2015, pp. 81-94. Academic Search Complete, EBSCO, doi: 10.2984/69.1.6.  

(Although the publisher (EBSCO) of the second container (Academic Search Complete) is used in this example it is not required by MLA. You would not be wrong to leave it out.)

Online Journal article (no DOI):

Lindsey, David. “Evaluating Quality Control of Wikipedia’s Feature Articles.” First Monday, vol. 15, no. 4-5, Apr. 2010, firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2721/2482.

 

MLA Style Citations: Books

The basic format for citing a book is:

Author name(s). The Title of the Book. Version (edition), Publisher, Year of Publication.

For example:

Book with a single author:

Pukui, Mary. Folktales of Hawai‘i. Bishop Museum, 1995. 
 

Book with two authors:

Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Second edition, Allyn and Bacon, 2003.
 

Online book: 

Sullivan, Jack. Hitchcock’s Music. Yale University Press, 2007, ebrary, ProQuest, site.ebrary.com/lib/wcc/detail.action?docID=10210240&p00=hitchcock%27s+music.

 

MLA Style Citations: Webpages

The basic formatting for citing a Web page is:

Author name(s). "The Title of the Web Page". Title of Website, Publisher, publication dateURL. Access date (include this only if there is no publication date, or if requested by your teacher).
 

For example:

Web page, author named:

Iyer, Raghavan. "Brahmin Soul Food." Zester Daily, Zester Media, 18 Oct. 2011, zesterdaily.com/world/indian-foods-for-brahmin-death.

​Viser, Matt. “Coffee on the Campaign Trail.” Boston Globe, 26 Feb. 2016, www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2016/02/26/coffee-campaigntrail/Xg76hiU92efJqMJOm70FSJ/story.html. ​

(If the name of the website is the same as the name of the publisher you do not need to include the publisher.)
 

Web pageauthor named, no publication date:

Krauss, Beatrice H. Anatomy of the Pineapple, p. 6. University of Hawaii, digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/pineapple/index.php?c=1. Accessed 28 Dec. 2016.

 

Web page, no author named:

"Bob Marley." Biography, A&E Television Networks, 26 Oct. 2016, www.biography.com/people/bob-marley-9399524.

 

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