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Library: MLA Citation Guide

MLA 8th Edition

Based on 8th edition (2016) MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

FORMATTING:

Margins: 1" top and bottom, and both sides of text. 

Indent: First word of a paragraph 0.5" from left margin. 

Typeface: Times New Roman normally 12 pt size.

Spacing: Double-space.                            

Page Numbers: Upper right-hand corner, 0.5" from the top and flush with right margin. Type your last name before the page number.

MLA Quick Citation Guide

What's new in the 8th Edition?

The new edition of the MLA Handbook provides a "universal set of guidelines" (see left coulmn) for citing sources across ALL format types. The major elements of ALL citations are below

1. Author
2. Title of Source
3. Title of Container
4. Other Contributors
5. Version
6. Number
7. Publisher
8. Publication date
9. Location

Entries are arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name. If the author's name is not known alphabetize by the title (ignoring "A", "An", or "The" if the title starts with any of these words).

Book by one author:

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title: Sub-title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication, Print.

Example:

Franke, Damon. Modernist Heresies: British Literary History, 1883-1924.
            Ohio State UP, 2008, Print.

 

Book by more than one author:

Author #1 Last Name, First Name, Author #2 First Name Last Name, and Author #3 Fist Name Last Name. Title: Sub-title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Print.

Example:

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of
               Research
. 2nd ed. U of Chicago P, 2003. Print.

 

Article from a scholarly journal:

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Sub-title." Name of Journal Volume Number.Issue Number (Year of Publication). Print.

Example:

Piper, Andrew. "Rethinking the Print Object: Goethe and the Book of Everything."
          PMLA 121.1 (2006). Print.

 

Article from a scholarly on-line journal:

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Sub-title." Name of Journal Volume Number.Issue Number (Year of Publication): Page numbers. Name of Database. Web. Date of access.

Example:

Cross, Tracy L. "Nerds and Geeks: Society's Evolving Stereotypes of Our Students with Gifts and Talents."
           Gifted Child Today 28.4 (2005). ERIC. Web 8 Dec. 2008.

 

Article from a newspaper:

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Sub-title." Name of  Newspaper Date: Page numbers. Print.

Example:


Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post 24 May 2007: LZ01. Print.

 

Website examples:

Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003. Web. 10 May 2006.

ProCon.org. "Founding Fathers on Religion in Government." ProCon.org. 9 Sep. 2011. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.

The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 23 Apr. 2008.