• MLA Citation Guide



    For most books, arrange the information into three units, each followed by a period and one space: (1) the author’s name; (2) the title and subtitle, underlined or italicized; and (3) the place of publication, publisher, and the date, and format.

    Barker, Clive. Ararat. New York: Harper-Collins, 2002. Print.

    Craig, Patricia, ed. The Oxford Book of Travel Stories. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996. Print.



    Author. “Selection title.” Title of Anthology.  Editor. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Pages. Print.

    Desai, Anita. "Scholar and Gypsy." The Oxford Book of Travel Stories. Ed. Patricia Craig. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996. 251-73. Print.



    Author (if named). “Article title.” Title of encyclopedia. Edition. Year of Publication. Print.

    “Australia.” World Book Encyclopedia. 15th ed. 2000. Print.



    Author (if signed). “Article title.” Title of collection. Editor. Volume.  Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Print.

    "India." Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures. Ed. Timothy L. Gall. Vol. 9. Detroit: UXL, 1999. Print.




    Many databases provide citation options.  Citations for sources accessed through subscription databases should contain the information for the original source first, then the name of the database, italicized; the medium; and the date of access.

    Walker, Christopher O., and Barbara A. Greene. "The relations between student motivational beliefs and cognitive engagement in high school." The       Journal of Educational Research 102.6 (2009): 463+. Student Resource Center - Gold. Web. 22 Jan. 2010.

    Hayes, Carolyn A. “Chapter 3: Inquiring Minds Want to Know All About Detergent Enzymes.” Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-based       Success Stories. 2005: 25-32. Student Research Center. Web. 22 Jan. 2010.



    Begin with the name of the author, editor, or corporate author and the title of the short work with quotation marks; title of the site, italicized;  sponsor of the site; the date of publication or last update; the medium (“Web”); and the date of access. The URL is no longer necessary but it may be required by some teachers.


    Author or Corporate Author (if available).  "Title of Article."  Title of Site. Name of Sponsoring Organization. Date of Publication.  Web. Date of Access.

    Smith, Sue. "Favorites of the Decades."  Jazz in the French Quarter. New Orleans Jazz Society. 1 July 2003. Web. 22 Jan. 2010.



    Milton, John. Paradise Lost: Book I. Poetryfoundation.org. Poetry Foundation, 2008. Web. 22 Jan. 2008.  


    For additional MLA citation information:

    Hacker, Diane. Documenting Sources in MLA Style: 2009 Update/A Hacker Handbook Supplement. St. Martins: New York, 2009.http://image.mail.bfwpub.com/lib/feed1c737d6c03/m/1/Hacker_MLA2009Update.pdf



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