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Formating a Paper with MLA Style- Citations

Updated on February 20, 2008

MLA Format

When writing in MLA style, you have specific guidelines that you have to follow and abide by. One of the most important is the Works Cited Page.

When using MLA style writing, you will want to do a few things when citing sources, such as:

  • When writing author's names, list the last name, first name, then middle initial.
  • Separate authors by comas
  • When writing the date, do so as year, month day.

MLA Works Cited Format:

Title

At the top of a new page, type Works Cited in the center of the top of the page.

Spacing

The entire paper should already be double spaced, so should the works cited page.

Indentation

The first line of each source should be at the margin of the paper, but any line thereafter should be indented 5 spaces.

Source Titles

Underline or italicize titles of books, periodicals, films, and TV series (not the individual episode, though)

MLA Citations

Book- 1 author

Author. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, year.

Book- 2 authors

Author, Author. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, year.

Book- 3 or more authors

Author, et al. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, year.

Journal Article

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical. Volume (Year). Page.

Newpaper or Magazine Article

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical. Date: Page.

Book Article or Chapter

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Book. Editor. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page.

Encyclopedia Article

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical. Editor. Volume. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date.

Gale Publisher- or other books that feature reprinted articles

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Date of Original: Page. Rpt in Title of Book. Editor. Volume. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date. Page.

Website

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Website. Copywrite Date. Publisher. Date Information was Retrieved <URL>.

Newspaper or Magazine Article On a Website

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Copywrite date. Page. Publisher. Date Information was Retrieved <URL>.

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      Robert P 10 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the great summary. I have always been a bit confused about how to cite a another website or web article. This helps.

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      Olive S. 10 years ago

      wow! that's all I can say, it was super descriptive!

      How many style hubs have you done?

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