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How Do I Cite Sources in MLA Format?

Below are examples of how to cite library print and online resources.  Citation rules are from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, shelved in the reference area (REF LB 2369 G53 2009).

 

 All citations are to be double spaced in the Works Cited list.  

 

Printed Book (5.5.1)

Information needed:  author(s) or editor(s), name or title of work, edition if provided, place of publication, name of publisher, date of publication, medium of publication consulted (Print).

 

Fuller, John G. Fever! The Hunt for a New Killer Virus. New York: Reader’s Digest Press,

     1974. Print.  

 

Eisenberg, Michael B., Carrie A. Lowe, and Kathleen L. Spitzer. Information Literacy:

     Essential Skills for the Information Age. 2nd ed. Westport, CN: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.

     Print.

 

Abrahamson, Dean E., ed. The Challenge of Global Warming. Washington, D. C.: Island

     Press, 1989. Print.

 

Book in a Series (5.5.15)

Information needed: author(s) or editor(s), name or title of book, place of publication, name of publisher, date of publication, medium of publication (Print), and series name and number (if provided).

 

Landes, Alison B., Suzanne Squyres, and Jacquelyn Quirram, eds. Nutrition—A Key to Good

     Health. Wylie, TX: Information Plus, 1997. Print. Information Plus: The Information Ser.

     On Current Topics.

 

Online or Electronic Book, Including NetLibrary E-book (5.6.2)

Information needed: Author(s) or editor(s), name or title of book, edition if provided, place of publication, name of publisher, date of publication, title of database or website, medium of publication consulted (Web), and date of access or use (day, month, and year).

 

Quandt, William B. Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since

     1967. 37th ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Inst., 2005. NetLibrary. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

 

Chapter, Essay, Article or Other Work in an Anthology (5.5.6)

Information needed: author(s), title of article, chapter or essay, name or title of book in which the chapter or essay appears, editor if provided, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, pages, and medium of publication (Print).  If a reprint, also needed is title or name of reprint of original article, chapter or essay if provided, city of publication, name of publisher, year of publication, page numbers of the chapter or essay.

 

Chideya, Farai. “Homophobia: Hip-Hop’s Black Eye.” Step into a World: A Global Anthology

     of the New Black Literature. Ed. Kevin Powell. New York: Wiley, 2000. 95-100. Print.

 

Fromm, Erich. “Human Nature is Shaped by Society.” Human Nature: Opposing Viewpoints.

     San Diego: Greenhaven, 1999. 18-23. Rpt. of Escape from Freedom. Erich Fromm. N.p.:

     Holt,1969, N. pag. Print.

 

Article in a Dictionary, Encyclopedia or Other Print Reference Work (5.5.7)

Information needed:  author(s) if provided, title of article, name or title of reference work, edition if provided, date of publication, medium of publication (Print). If there is no author, start with the title of the article.    

 

“Organic.” Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. 2006. Print.  

 

Singer, Bruce. “Animal Research.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 3rd ed. 2004. Print.

 

“Lennon, John.” World Book Encyclopedia. 2008 ed. Print.   

 

 

 

Article in a Print Newspaper (5.4.5)

Information needed: author(s), name or title of article, name or title of newspaper, date, page and section number or initial page + if nonconsecutive, edition (early edition, late edition, etc.) if provided, medium of publication (Print).  If there is no author, start the citation with the title.

 

Trounson, Rebecca. “Major Breach of UCLA’s Computer Files.”  Los Angeles Times 12 Dec.

     2006: A1. Print.

 

"Study Ties Self-Delusion To Successful Marriages." New York Times 2 Jan. 1998, late ed.:

     A11+. Print.

 

Article in an Online Newspaper (5.6.2b)

Information needed: author(s), title of article, name or title of newspaper, publisher or sponsor of the website, date of publication (day, month, and year), medium of publication (Web), date of access or use (day, month, and year). 

 

Leonhardt, David. “Rents Head Up as Home Prices Put Off Buyers.” New York Times. New

    York Times. 25 Aug. 2005. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

 

Article in a Print Popular Magazine (5.4.6)

Information needed:  author(s), title of article, name or title of magazine, date (either weekly or monthly), page number(s) or initial page+ if nonconsecutive, medium of publication (Print).  If there is no author, start with the title.  For popular magazines published weekly or monthly, it is not necessary to provide volume and issue numbers.

 

Mehta, Pratap Bhanu. “Exploding Myths.” New Republic 6 June 1998: 17-19. Print.

 

“Dubious Venture.” Time 3 Jan. 1995: 64-65. Print.

 

Heiling, Jean M. “E-Global Library: The Academic Campus Library Meets the Internet.”

     Searcher June 2001: 34+. Print.

 

Article in an Online Popular Magazine (5.6.2b)

Information needed: author(s), title of article, name or title of magazine, publisher or sponsor of the website, article date (day, month, and year), medium of publication (Web), date of access or use (day, month, and year).

 

Gekas, Alexandra. “The Race to Be First.” Newsweek. Newsweek. 26 Jan. 2007. Web. 17

    Aug. 2009.

 

Article in a Print Scholarly Journal (5.4.2)

Information needed: author(s), title of article, name or title of journal, volume number, issue number (if provided), date of publication, page numbers, and medium of publication (Print).

 

Craner, Paul M. “New Tool for an Ancient Art: The Computer and Music.”  Computers and the

     Humanities 25 (1991): 303-13. Print.

 

Matthews, Samuel, and Thomas Jones. “Electronic Communication in Large Organizations.”

     Technical Communication 39.2 (1993): 60-65. Print.

 

Article in an Online Scholarly Journal (5.6.3-4)

Information needed: author(s), title of article, name or title of online journal, volume of publication, issue (if provided), article date, pages, medium of publication (Web), and date of access or use (day, month, and year).  If page numbers are not provided, use n. pag. 

 

Kenneth, Inada A. “A Buddhist Perspective to the Nature of Human Rights.” Journal of

     Buddhist Ethics 8.4 (2000): n. pag. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.

 

Website (5.6.2)

Information needed:  author(s), title of the work (use italics if the work is independent or quotation marks if the work is part of a larger work), title of the overall website, publisher or sponsor (if not available use N.p.), date of publication (if not available use n.d.), medium of publication (Web), date of access or use (day, month, and year).

 

Campbell, Donna, ed. The Edith Wharton Society. Washington State U., n.d. Web. 17 Aug.

     2009.

 

Lynch, Tim. “DNS Trials and Tribble-ations Review.” Psi Phi: Bradley’s Science Fiction

Club. Bradley U., 1996. Web. 17 Aug. 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                           dr/5-09