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LIB 101: Engaging Differences

A research guide for the course LIB101: Engaging Differences.

MLA Style | Resources



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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


White, Lori. “The Newest Fad in People Helping People: Little Free Pantries.” Upworthy, Cloud Tiger Media, 3 Aug. 2016,

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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