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MLA Style (8th edition): Examples

These are the core elements of any works cited entry. Repeat elements
3-9 as necessary for your citation.

For more information on what these terms mean, refer to the MLA
Citation Guide Overview: Core Elements, or ask a reference librarian.

NOTE: Your instructor might request that you cite differently from the
examples shown here. If so, follow his or her guidelines.

Works Cited Examples

Type of Source Example
Book (Print) McAdoo, Monty L. The Student's Survival Guide to Research. American Library Association, 2015.
E-book Jackson, John S. The American Political Party System: Continuity and Change over Ten Presidential
Elections. Brookings Institution Press, 2014. EBSCO eBook Collection,
Two authors Alexander, Gregory J., and Paul Kelsey Williams. Lost Baltimore. Pavilion, 2013.
Three authors or Johnson, Ken, et al. Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students. 2nd ed.,
more Wiley, 2012.
Book with an Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Edited by Douglas Bruster, Cengage Learning,
editor 2012.
Online/database "Star Wars." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited by William A. Darity, Jr., 2nd
encyclopedia or ed., vol. 8, Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, pp. 100-01. Gale Virtual Reference Library,
reference book
essay (no author) &v=2.1&u=bel45990&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w&asid=ac91ba9568500029e785d9bf0f52bceb.
Work in an Frost, Robert. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century
anthology American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove, Penguin Group, 2011, p. 20.

Journal article Ryan, Joseph B., et al. "Establishing Adaptive Sports Programs for Youth with Moderate to Severe
from a database Disabilities." Preventing School Failure, vol. 58, no. 1, 2014, pp. 32-41. Academic Search
Premier, doi:10.1080/1045988X.2012.755666.
Magazine article Kingsbury, Kathleen. “Keeping Homeless Kids in School.” Time, 23 Mar. 2009, pp. 42-43. Academic
from a database Search Premier,
Newspaper article Rosenthal, Elisabeth. “New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Saving Primeval Rain Forests.” New York
from a database Times, 30 Jan. 2009, pp. A1+. ProQuest Newsstand,

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Newspaper article, Rosenthal, Elisabeth. “New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Saving Primeval Rain Forests.” New York
print Times, 30 Jan. 2009, pp. A1+.
Magazine article, Zorthian, Julia. “The New Tate Modern Museum Wing Makes Room for Art by Women.” Time, 17
web-based June 2016. Accessed 15 Aug. 2016.

Webpage with United States Department of Agriculture. “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” Center for Nutrition
corporate author and Policy Promotion, 2 Aug. 2016. Accessed 2 Aug. 2016.
Article from web- Grinberg, Emanuella. “Effects of Physical Discipline Linger for Adults.” CNN, 7 Nov. 2011.
only magazine or Accessed 2 Aug. 2016.
news source
Online video Unboring Learning. “How to Start a Research Paper.” YouTube, 9 Apr. 2012. Accessed 2 Aug. 2016.
Artwork, Hine, Lewis. Garment Workers. 1908. U. S. National Archives and Records Administration,
photography, or Washington, ID 523065. Accessed 15 Aug. 2016.
other visual media

 Works cited pages should be arranged alphabetically by author. If there is no author, use the title.

In-Text Citations

In-text citations are composed of the core element that comes first in the entry in the works cited list and a page

Type Example
Basic in-text citation “Between the woods and frozen lake” (Frost 20).
Citing more than one work by Include a short form of the source’s title
the same author (Frost, “Stopping by Woods” 20)
Entry begins with the title The title may appear in the text itself or, abbreviated, before the page number in
(“Star Wars” 101)
Identifying the source in the According to Joseph Ryan, “organized adaptive sports programs are increasingly
text available for individuals with disabilities” (32).
Works in time-based media Cite the relevant time or range of times
(Unboring 2:55-3:44)

 For more help with creating works cited pages, refer to the MLA Handbook Eighth Edition (call # LB2369
.G53 2016) or contact the Reference Desk: 443-412-2131;

 Noodlebib is a great tool to use for creating an accurate works cited page quickly and easily. Go to the
HCC Library’s website, under Research Resources – Citing and Noodlebib to create your FREE account.

 This guide is available on the Library’s website, under Help – Tutorials & Citation Guides.

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