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MLA Style Guide

A brief introduction to Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Citations.

Commonly Cited Works with Examples

Note: Remember to alphabetize and double space your Works Cited page. These examples are condensed for space.

Type of Citation: Example: 
Book, single author Wood, Michael. In Search of England: Journeys into the English Past. U of California P, 1999.
Book, two authors Eschholz, Paul, and Alfred Rosa. Subjects/Strategies: A Writer’s Reader. Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2002.
Book, three or more authors/editors Brambilla, Chiara, et al., editors. Borderscaping: Imaginations and Practices of Border Making. Ashgate, 2007.
Book, corporate author

United Nations. Consequences of Rapid Population Growth in Developing Countries. Taylor and Francis, 1991.

If the publisher and corporate author are the same, begin with the title:

Learning Through the Arts. National Endowment for the Arts, 2002.

Book, other contributors Euripides. The Trojan Women. Ten Plays. Translated by Paul Roche, New American Library, 1998, pp. 457-512.
Book, edition or version

Sadie, Stanley, editor. The Grove Book of Authors. Revised by Laura Macy, 2nd ed., Oxford UP, 2006.


The Bible. Authorized King James Version, Oxford UP, 1998.

Book, in a series Neruda, Pablo. Canto General. Translated by Jack Schmitt, U of California P, 1991, p. 10. Latin American Literature and Culture 7.
Work in an anthology or compilation Hot Topics Example:
Messerly, John G. "Online Game Playing Can Be Addictive." Addiction, edited by Christina Fisanick, Greenhaven Press, 2009, pp. 40-47. 
Literature Series "...For Students" Example:
"All the King's Men." Novels for Students, edited by Elizabeth Thomason, vol. 13, Gale, 2002, pp. 27-53.
Work in a volume Howells, W. D. Their Wedding Journey. Edited by John K. Reeves, 1968. A Selected Edition of W. D. Howells, general editor, Edwin H. Cady, vol. 5, Indiana UP, 1968-83.
eBook Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter: A Romance. Henry Altemus, 1892. HathiTrust Digital Library,
Graphic novel

Butcher, Jim. Storm Front: The Gathering Storm. Adapted by Mark Powers, illustrated by Ardian Syaf, vol. 1, Ballantine Books, 2010. Jim Butcher’s the Dresden Files.


Smith, Jeff. Bone. Crown of Horns, no. 9, Scholastic, 2009.

Government document United States, Congress, House, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Al Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat. Government Printing Office, 2006.
Article in a journal or magazine Sommers, Joseph Michael. “Godey’s Lady’s Book: Sarah Hale and the Construction of Sentimental Nationalism.” College Literature, vol. 37, no. 3, Summer 2010, pp. 43-61.
Article in a journal or magazine found in a library database

Sommers, Joseph Michael. “Godey’s Lady’s Book: Sarah Hale and the Construction of Sentimental Nationalism.” College Literature, vol. 37, no. 3, Summer 2010, pp. 43-61. EBSCOhost,

or, if there is a “DOI” available, use that instead of the URL.

Aronson, Amy. “Everything Old is New Again: How the “New” User-Generated Women’s Magazine Takes Us Back to the Future.” American Journalism, vol. 31, no 3, Summer 2014, pp. 312-28,

Article from a website Borchgrave, Trisha de. “Women at the Helm of Politics.” The Huffington Post, 16 Jul. 2016,
Webpage, no author “Shakespeare’s Works.” Folger Shakespeare Library,
Blog Gershman, Jacob. “It’s Fourth and Long for Tom Brady.” Wall Street Journal Law Blog, 13 July 2016,
Website, comments Carl. Comment on “3 Vow to Force Arizona Utilities to Disclose Political Spending.”, 21 Jul. 2016, 10:30 p.m.,

@hopefulactivist. “Protest has turned violent towards the police - #cityprotest.” Twitter, 21 June 2015, 11:15 a.m.,

Note: Use the entire Tweet as the title.
Email message Doyle, Lisa. “RE: Our Research on Steinbeck.” Received by Mike Potter, 21 June 2014.
Motion picture Scott, Ridley, director. Blade Runner. 1982. Performance by Harrison Ford, director’s cut, Warner Bros., 1992.
Television series “The Pirate Solution.” The Big Bang Theory, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, written by Steve Holland, season 3, episode 4, Chuck Lorre Productions, 2009.
Streaming or online video “The Audition.” I Love Lucy, performance by Lucille Ball, season 1, episode 6, Desilu Productions, 19 Nov. 1951. YouTube, uploaded by Karen Stone, 28 Jan. 2012,
Video from a library database Van der Post, Laurens, host. The Story of Carl Gustav Jung. BBC, 1998. Films on Demand,
Music, online Beyoncé. “Pretty Hurts.” Beyoncé, Parkwood Entertainment, 2013,
DVD “Rebirth.” Futurama: Volume 5, created by Matt Groening, Twentieth Century Fox, 2010, disc. 1.
Lecture/performance Gore, Al. “The Case for Optimism on Climate Change.” Ted2016 conference, 29 Feb. 2016, Rogers Arena, Vancouver.
Artwork Mondrian, Piet. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942-43, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Object Knox, Archibald. Silver Tea Service. 1900-01, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Adapted from the Pima Community College Library: PCC’s Guide to MLA 8th edition.

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