MLA Style Guide (8th Edition)
MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is a system of documentation that is used for both scholarly manuscripts and research papers. The MLA Style Guide will provide you with specific instructions on all matters in regard to citing information retrieved from books, magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and electronic resources. This information will appear in your works cited page, and in the body of your paper (this is referred to as a parenthetical or in-text citation.) You must follow specific instructions when citing information from a book, a periodical (a magazine, newspaper, or academic journal), a Web site, or a subscription database. Since there will be many instances where the below examples do not apply, you are encouraged to ask for assistance from a librarian or request to see the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which is kept at the Reserves Desk on the first floor of the library. Please note the MLA Style Guide has recently been updated to the 8th edition and many significant changes have been made from the previous edition. The example below reflect the changes of the 8th edition.
EXAMPLES OF CITATIONS
Book with One Author
Linton, Ralph. Tree of Culture. Knopf, 1969.
In-text citation: (Linton 78)
Book with Multiple Authors (Three or Less)
Kirov, Ellie, and Margaret Webb. Nursing Care Case Studies. Mosby Elsevier, 2014.
In-text citation: (Kirov and Webb 137)
Article from a Magazine
Gomez, Patrick. "Still So Raven and So Happy." People, vol. 84., no. 4, 27 July 2015, pp. 64-65.
In-text citation: (Gomez 64)
Work in an Anthology
Auerbach, Nina. "Dracula: A Vampire of Our Own." Dracula: Contemporary Critical Essays, edited by Glennis Byron, St. Martin's Press,
1999, pp. 145-172.
Yeats, William Butler. "Among School Children." The Norton Anthology of Poetry, edited by Alexander W. Allison, et al., 3rd ed.,
W.W. Norton Company, 1983, pp. 888-889.
Durston, James. "Unique Eats: 8 Amazing Meals that Won't Be Repeated." CNN.com, 14 August 2016, 9:06 P.M.,
(Note: URL only has to be included at the request of the instructor)
DOCUMENTING INFORMATION FROM THE LIBRARY’S SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES
When citing information retrieved from library databases like ProQuest Direct, Issues and Controversies, and Biography Resource Center, you need to note the publication in which the information originally appeared and the name of the database from which you retrieved the information.
Watson, Russell. "Sending in the Troops." Newsweek, vol. 36, no. 22, 31 May 1999, pp. 36-37. ProQuest Direct.
In-text citation: (Watson 36)
Mintz, Sidney W., and Christine M. Du Bois. "The Anthropology and Food and Eating." Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 31, no. 1,
May 2002, pp. 99-119. Academic Search Premier, doi: 10.1146/annurev.anthro.32.032702.131011.
In-text citation: (Mintz and Du Bois 103)
FINDING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DOCUMENTING SOURCES USING MLA
U-W Madison Writing Center Writer's Handbook
. The U-W Madison Writing Center has created a clear, well-balanced view of MLA style including examples of in-text and works-cited citations from both print and electronic sources.
A Guide for Writing Research Papers
. A resource guide on MLA style prepared by the Humanities Department and the Arthur C. Banks, Jr., Library Capital Community College Hartford, Connecticut, this site contains a wealth of information on formatting, creating parenthetical (in-text) documentation, and compiling a works-cited page.