School Library: MLA Citations



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Common MLA Citations

A Book:

Author Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: 

Publisher, Year of Publication.  Medium of Publication.

Salinger, J.D..  The Catcher in the Rye.  New York: Little Brown and

Company, 1951.  Print.

 

An Article in a Book: 

Author Lastname, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection. 

Ed(s). Editor's Name(s).  Place of Publication: Publisher, 

Year. Page range of entry.  Medium of Publication.

Hughes, Langston.  "A Perfect Book of Entertainment in Herself." 

Zora Neale Hurston: Modern Critical Views.  Ed. Harold Bloom. 

New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986.  13-14.  Print.

 

A Journal Article (from a database):

Author(s) Lastname, Firstname. "Title of Article." Title of Journal 

Volume.Issue(Year): pages.

Burgess, Anthony. "Politics in the Novels of Graham Greene."

Literature and Society 2.2 (1967): 93-99.

*Note: Most databases will include citations with each article -- they do the work for you!

 

A Website:

Editor or author name (if available). "Name of Web Page." Name 

of Site. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the 

site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if 

available). Medium of publication. Date of access. 

 

Address>

 

Aristotle. "Poetics."  The Internet Classics Archive. Massachusetts

 

Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Electronic. 4 Nov. 2008.

?http://classics.mit.edu/?.

 

"How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow.com. eHow, n.d. Electronic. 24

 

Feb. 2009. 

 

        

 

Note: You only need to supply a web address if your teacher asks for one.

 

 

 

Where to go for Reminders:

 

The OWL:

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/1/

 

MLA Citation Style from Cornell University:

 

http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla

 

Noodle Tools Express Citation Generator:

 

http://www.noodletools.com/login.php

 

Issues to Watch Out For:

 

-  Always double space your citations.

 

-  Indent the second (and third, and fourth?) lines of each citation

 

-  Titles of books and journals should always be italicized or underlined.

 

-  Always include one space after a period, and always include a period after each part of the citation (author, title, date, publisher).

 

-  Organize your citations alphabetically by whichever word starts the citation (title or author)

 

 

 

In-Text Citations:

 

-  In-text citations should start with either the author, editor, or title, followed by the page number you’re citing from.

 

- The in-text citation should always correspond to the entry in your works cited list (if the works cited entry starts with a title, use the title in the in-text citation as well)

 

- If the source has no page numbers (like a website), leave the page number out completely.

 

- If the author or title is mentioned earlier in the sentence, only the page number needs to be in the in-text citation.

 

—  ? as Bloom suggests, fire symbolizes cleansing as well as destruction (42).

—  In the novel, "fire symbolizes cleansing as well as destruction" (Bloom 42).