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This document, created by WCC librarians for WCC students, has a selection of commonly used sources and how to appropriately cite them using MLA style.
The Modern Language Association advises you to:
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.
Below you will find information on how to accurately cite information using MLA style. This is not a comprehensive guide. Please see the MLA Handbook or the Purdue OWL for more complete information.
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Some tips on formatting your MLA style citations:
MLA identifies nine core elements that make up a citation:
For details, see pages 20-58 of the MLA Handbook, 8th ed.)
The basic format for citing an article is:
Author name(s). “The Title of the Specific Source.” The Title of its Container (publication), Publisher, version (volume), number, publication date, location (pages). The Title of the Second Container (database, website, etc.), Publisher, location (DOI or URL, but the http:// is optional).
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.
Note that the databaseʻs publisher name is optional. Itʻs included in the example, but it can be left 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, http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2721/2482.
The basic format for citing a book is:
Author name(s). The Title of the Book. Version (edition), Publisher, Year of Publication.
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.
Sullivan, Jack. Hitchcock’s Music. Yale University Press, 2007, ebrary, ProQuest, site.ebrary.com/lib/wcc/detail.action?docID=10210240&p00=hitchcock%27s+music.
The basic formatting for citing a Web page is:
Author name(s). "The Title of the Web Page". Title of Website, Publisher, publication date, URL. Access date (include this only if there is no publication date, or if requested by your teacher).
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 page, author 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.