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MLA Format for Works Cited Page

The Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is widely used for identifying research sources. Whenever you use an outside source in a paper, you must cite that source properly.  The following information will provide you with some examples of citations for some common sources according to MLA format guidelines, including how to cite books, electronic sources and information found on the Internet.

Books

 

Book with One Author
AuthorLastname, AuthorFirstname.  Book Title.  Publication City: Publishing Company,

     Year Published.

     

Maculay, David.  The New Way Things Work.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Book with Two (or Three) Authors
Author1Lastname, Author1Firstname, and Author2Firstname Author2Lastname. Book Title.         

     Publication City: Publishing Company, Year Published.

Wilkinson, Philip and Michael Pollard.  The Master Builders. New York: Chelsea House, 1994.

 

Book with One Editor
Editor1Lastname, Editor1Firstname, ed.  Book Title.  Publication City: Publishing Company,

     Year Published.

Feldman, Paula R., ed.  British Women Poets of the Romantic Era.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins

     UP, 1997.

Book with Two (or Three) Editors
Editor1Lastname, Editor1Firstname, and Editor2Firstname Editor2Lastname, eds.  Book Title

     Publication City: Publishing Company, Year Published.

Feldman, Paula R., and John Smith, eds.  British Women Poets of the Romantic Era.  Baltimore:  

     Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

 

Book with More than Three Authors
Author1Lastname, Author1Firstname, et al.  Book Title. Publication City: Publishing Company,   

     Year Published.

Brandes, Kathleen, et al.  Vanishing Species.  New York: Time-Life Books, 1976.

 

Book with No Author or Editor Given

Book Title. Publication City: Publishing Company, Year Published.

Vanishing Species.  New York: Time-Life Books, 1976.

 

Encyclopedia Article (if no author is listed, begin with article title)
AuthorLastname, AuthorFirstname.  "Article Title."  Encyclopedia Name. Year Published  ed.

Weishampel, David B.  "Dinosaur."  The World Book Encyclopedia.  2000 ed.

 

Reference Book with Individual Entries/Single Work from an Anthology
AuthorLastname, AuthorFirstname.  "Title of Work/Entry."  Anthology Title.  Ed.  

     EditorFirstname EditorLastname.  Publication City: Publishing Company,  

     Year Published.  Page numbers inclusive.

Tracy, Robert. "Traffic."  Forever Sisters.  Ed. Claudia O’Keefe.  New York: Pocket Books,  

     1999.  160-174.

 

Other Sources

 

Newspaper Article (if no author is listed, begin with article title)
AuthorLastname, AuthorFirstname.  "Article Title."  Newspaper Name Date Month Year,
     Special Edition if applicable:  section and page(s).

Kavanaugh, Jennifer.  "Drawing Pictures of the Future."  Palo Alto Weekly 6 Dec. 2000: 7.

 

Encyclopedia Article from the Internet (if no author is listed, begin with article title)
AuthorLastname, AuthorFirstname.  "Article Title."  Encyclopedia Title.  Date Published (if  

     known).  Date Retrieved dd Mmm. yyyy <URL>.

Beasley, Maurine H.  "Roosevelt, Eleanor."  World Book Online Reference Center.  24 Nov  

     2003 <http://www.worldbookonline.com>.

 

Article from an Online Database (South Middle School Format)
AuthorLastname, AuthorFirstname.  "Article Title."  Original Source, such as newspaper or  

     Magazine  Date Published dd Mmm. yyyy: page numbers inclusive.  Database

     used.  Database Publisher. Library with Subscription. Date Retrieved dd Mmm. yyyy <URL>.

Maddren, Gerry.  "Against All Odds."  Cricket  25 Feb. 1998: 21-23.   InfoTrac. Thompson Gale

     Databases.  Great Neck Library. 6 Feb. 2003 <http://www.sirs.com/>.

 

Professional or Personal Website With Author

AuthorLastname, Author Firstname.  Page title.  Date Published or revised Mmm. yyyy if known.

     Organization associated with the site (if given).   Date retrieved dd Mmm. yyyy  <URL>.

Taylor, Jennifer.  Ancient Greek Civilizations.  1999.   eMuseum Minnesota State University

     Mankato.  7 Feb. 2003 <http://emuseum.mankato.msus.edu/prehistory/aegean/>.

 

Professional or Personal Website With No Author Given

Page title.  Date Published or revised Mmm. yyyy if known. Organization associated with the

     site (if given).   Date retrieved dd Mmm. yyyy  <URL>.

Ancient Greek Civilizations.  1999.   eMuseum Minnesota State University Mankato.  7 Feb. 2003

<http://emuseum.mankato.msus.edu/prehistory/aegean/>.

 

 
 
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