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LIB 101: Engaging Differences

A research guide for the course LIB101: Engaging Differences.

MLA Style | Resources

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Modern Language Association Documentation Style

MLA Stylesheet

This is a brief guide to citing sources using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style.  The following examples are based on the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook


Books:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Example:

Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. Penguin, 1987.


An Article in a Scholarly Journal:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, pages.

Example:

Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.


An Article in a Newspaper or Magazine:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.

Example:

Buchman, Dana. "A Special Education." Good Housekeeping, Mar. 2006, pp. 143-48.


A Journal from a Library Database:

Author’s last name, First name. “Title.” Journal Title, Volume, Issue, Date: pp-pp. Title of the Database, doi: (if applicable). Date accessed.

Example:

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal, vol. 50, no. 1, 2007, pp. 173-96. ProQuest, doi:10.1017/S0018246X06005966. Accessed 27 May 2009.


A Web Site:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the website, Name of the publisher, Date of publication, URL.

Example:

White, Lori. “The Newest Fad in People Helping People: Little Free Pantries.” Upworthy, Cloud Tiger Media, 3 Aug. 2016,
www.upworthy.com/the-newest-fad-in-people-helping-people-little-free-pantries?g=2&c=hpstream.


Hints and Tips for Your Citations:

  • If more than one author, give their names in the same order as on the title page, but reverse the first and last name of only the first author.
  • If there are more than 3 authors, list only the 1st and include “, et al.” after the author’s name.
  • If the article’s author is anonymous, do not use Anon. or Anonymous. Start the entry with the title and ignore initial articles (e.g., The, A, An, etc.) when alphabetizing.
  • If you need to write out the full date, abbreviate months that are more than 4 letters long.
  • When giving page numbers for articles that are not on consecutive pages, list the first page followed by a plus sign.

Confused by an entry?  Don’t see anything that matches the item you have in hand?  Contact a librarian or borrow the MLA Handbook from the library--we have a copy on reserve and a copy on 3rd floor (Call #: 808.02 M69 2016).

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