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Citing in the MLA Style

MLA Basics

  • Give the author’s name as it appears on the title page
  • Capitalize all important title words
  • Titles of books or periodicals are italicized
  • Long month names are abbreviated to their shorter form

Book Entry – One Author

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of publication: Publisher’s name, Date of publication. Medium of Publication.

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York: Random House, 1943. Print.

Book Entry – Two or More Authors

Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title of Book. City of publication: Publisher’s Name, Date of publication. Medium of Publication.

Pope Robbins, Laura, and Lisa Esposito. Understanding Libraries. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Print.

Credo Reference

“Title of entry.” Title of Reference Source. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Credo. Web. Date of access.

“Anubis.” Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth. New York: Bloomsbury, 1996. Credo Reference. Web. 17 May 2013.

eBook on EBSCO

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of publication: Publisher’s name, Date of publication. Name of Database. Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

Murphy, Kevin. Fly Fishing In Connecticut : A Guide For Beginners. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2012. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 9 Dec. 2013.

Journal Article

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): Page range. Medium of Publication.

Waterhouse, Janetta. “Revving up with a Technology Tuneup.” Computers in Libraries 24.8 (2004):10–15. Print.

Journal Article from a Database

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): Page range. Name of Database. Medium of Publication.Date of Access.

Truglio, Maria. “African Plots In Italian Children’s Literature: Eugenio Cherubini’s Pinocchio In Affrica.” MLN 126.1 (2011): 114–136. Academic Search Premier. Web. 9 Dec. 2013.

Newspaper Article

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper. Day Month Year, Edition: Page. Medium of Publication.

Ellis, David H. “Heartworm Drug Recalled.” Newsday. 28 Sept. 2004, Suffolk ed.: A6+. Print.

Magazine Article

*Published every week or every two weeks.

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Magazine. Day Month Year: Page range. Medium of Publication.

Dreier, Troy. “Microsoft Overhauls its Windows Media Player.” PC Magazine. 5 Oct. 2004: 32. Print.

Magazine Article from a Database

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Magazine. Day Month Year: Page range. Database Name. Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

Prosek, James. “The Diversity of Trout.” Fly Fisherman Jun 2013: 8–10. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 9 Dec. 2013 .

Website – Basic

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Page Your Information Came From.” Title of Web Site as a Whole. Day Month Year of latest update/posting. Version or Edition. Name of Institution/Organization sponsoring site. Day Month Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Day Month Year of access. <URL>.

Note - the URL is only necessary if: your professor requires it, or the reader cannot find the material without it

Kretz, Chris. “Citation of Sources.” Dowling College Library. 5 Aug. 2004. Dowling College. 28 Sept. 2004. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.

Website – Personal

Last Name, First Name. Title of Page. Day Month Year of last update. Medium of Publication. Day Month Year that you saw page. <URL>.

Note - the URL is only necessary if your professor requires it, or the reader cannot find the material without it.

Pope-Robbins, Laura. Sources of Information on Antiquities Theft. 5 July 2001. Web. 28 Sept. 2004.

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