Type of SourceGo to ...
MLA Documentation has two parts:
An alphabetical list of the sources you use to write your paper.
Works you consult during your research but do not borrow from are not included in this list.
All sources are listed alphabetically by the first word in each citation entry and the end of each citation has a period.
- Double-space the list.
- If an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines half an inch from the left margin. This is sometimes called a hanging indent.
- Top of page and sides have 1" margins.
The MLA web site provides Practice Templates to assist you with creating your Works Cited list.
The final element in the citation should end with a period.
Learn more about the container element at the MLA site.
How to Cite in MLA Style:
Title of Book. Edition, Publisher, Publication date.
The Superhero Reader. University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need. 4th ed., Basic Books, 2014.
Digest. Four Way Books, 2014.
Title of Book. Contributed by First Name Last Name, Edition, Publisher, Publication date.
The Iliad. Translated by Peter Green, University of California Press, 2015.
Coriolanus. Edited by Peter Holland, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
"Title of Chapter." Title of Book, contribution by First Name Last Name, Edition, Publisher, Publication date, Pages.
"Culture." Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, edited by Catharine R. Stimpson and Gilbert Herdt, The University of Chicago Press, 2014, pp. 41-65.
"Persuasion and Cinematic Approaches to Jane Austen." Persuasion, by Jane Austen, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, W. W. Norton & Company, 2013, pp. 301-311.
Title of Book. Edition, Publisher, Publication date. Database, URL.
"Title of Chapter." Title of Book, contribution by First Name Last Name, Edition, Publisher, Publication date, Pages. Database, URL.
"There Are No Digital Humanities." Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold, University of Minnesota Press, 2012, dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/21.
The Oxford Companion to American Literature. 6th ed., Oxford University Press, 2013. Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, www.oxfordreference.com.
"Article Title." Publication Title, volume and/or issue number, Publication date, Pages.
"Hamilton,'Yes, But That's Not All'." The New York Times , vol. CLXV, no. 57,233, 15 May 2016, pp. AR 6-9.
“The Man with the Midas Touch: The Haptic Geographies of James Bond's Body." The Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 43, no. 3, 2015, pp. 121-135.
"Reverse the Curse: Finding the Source of a Buzz, Rattle, or Funny Sound in your Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass Doesn't Have to Make You Crazy." Strings, vol. 30, no. 11, Jun. 2016, pp. 54-55.
"Article Title." Publication Title, volume and/or issue number, Publication date, Pages. Database , URL or doi.
"I Killed Robin, the Boy Wonder." Birth. Movies. Death., 20 Apr. 2016, birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/04/20/i-killed-robin-the-boy-wonder.
"Representation and Diversity in Comics Studies." Cinema Journal, vol. 55, no. 1, 2015, pp. 220-224. Project Muse, muse.jhu.edu/article/595609.
"The Madwoman on the Third Story: Jane Eyre in Space." PMLA, vol. 131, no. 1, 2016, pp. 101-115. MLA Journals, doi: 10.1632/pmla.2016.131.1.101.
"At Shakespearean World's Fair." American Theatre, vol. 33, no. 4, Apr. 2016, pp. 46-49. americantheatre.org/category/issue/april-2016/.
"Page title." Website title, contribution by First Name Last Name, Publisher, Publication date, URL.
Note: the website publisher is not required if it is the same publisher as the website title. Do not include http:// or https:// for URLs.
"How I Pray." The Toast, 13 Oct. 2015, the-toast.net/2015/10/13/on-prayer/.
"Race." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward N. Zalta, Stanford University, 17 Feb. 2016, plato.stanford.edu/entries/race/.
"Ohio Cartoonists." Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, The Ohio State University Libraries, Feb. 2016, cartoons.osu.edu/digital-resources/ohio-cartoonists/.
"Why Write in English?" NYR Daily, The New York Review of Books, 18 Apr. 2016, nybooks.com/daily/2016/04/18/why-not-write-in-foreign-language/.
Media title. Publisher, Publication date. Website, URL.
"Media title." Work or Series Title, Number, Publisher, Publication date. Website, URL. Do not include http:// or https:// for URLs.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and a Funeral)." Happy Endings, season 2, episode 21, Sony Pictures Television, 04 Apr. 2012. Hulu, hulu.com/watch/347176#i0,p20,s2,d0.
"King Kunta." To Pimp a Butterfly, Aftermath / Interscope, 2015, play.spotify.com/track/0N3W5peJUQtI4eyR6GJT5O.
"The Manic Pixie Dream Girl." Feminist Frequency, 22 Mar. 2011. YouTube, youtube.com/watch?v=uqJUxqkcnKA.
"The Internet Illuminati." The Book Riot Podcast, no. 139, Book Riot, 11 Jan. 2016, bookriot.com/2016/01/11/the-book-riot-podcast-139-the-internet-illuminati/.
Parenthetical Documentation - using ( ) to identify your source
In the MLA format, parenthetical or in-text documentation, is used to briefly identify the sources of information you have borrowed in writing your paper. Parenthetical documentation should be integrated smoothly into the text of your paper, rather than listed separately.
Examples- Parenthetical or In-text Citations
ACC Library Services Information Literacy Team, 8/11/16