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. 




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


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



"How to Make Vegetarian Chili." 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:


MLA Citation Style from Cornell University:


Noodle Tools Express Citation Generator:


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).