MLA - Modern Language Association
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Short MLA Citation Guide
- List all citations in alphabetical order by the first letter. First line should be flush left, second line is indented.
- List the format: Print, Web, CD, etc.
- Web addresses are not needed unless your teacher instructs you to use them.
- If the date of publication is missing, write n.d. If there is no publisher, write N.p.
Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of publication: Publisher’s name, Copyright year. Format.
Coleman, David. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, 1995. Print.
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Article Title.” Name of Encyclopedia. Edition. Copyright year. Format.
Fairchild, Mark D. “Color.” World Book Encyclopedia. 2009 ed. Print.
Example without author:
“Baseball.” Compton’s by Britannica. 2007 ed. Print.
ARTICLE IN AN ELECTRONIC DATABASE:
Author (if given). “Title of Article.” Title of Encyclopedia, Book, Magazine or Newspaper. Day Mo. Year of publication: Section or Pages in print version. Name of Database. Format. Day Mo. Year of access.
ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA Example:
World Book Online, Grolier Online Petrakis, Peter L. “Zygote.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2009. Grolier Online. Web. 19 Nov. 2009.
ONLINE DATABASE Example:
Ebsco Yang, Jia Lynn, Nina Easton, and Maha Atal “Obama & GOOGLE (a love story).” Fortune 160.9 (2009): 104-112. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 19 Nov. 2009.
ARTICLE ON A WEB SITE:
Author (if given). “Title of the article/work.” (if given). Title of web site. Version or edition used. Name of institution/organization affiliated with site, Day Mo. Year the work was created. Format. Day Mo. Year of access.
Liu, Alan, ed. “Home page.” Voice of the Shuttle. Dept. of English, U of California, Santa Barbara, n.d. Web. 15 May 2008.