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MLA Citation Guide

Source Example Key
A book

Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Viking, 2016. 

Author Last name, First name. Book title. Publisher, Year of publication.
A book with two authors Brown, Nathan, and Sheryle A. Proper. The Everything Paying for College Book. Adams Media, 2005. Author last name, First name and Author First name Last name. Book title. Publisher, Year of publication.
A book collection of essays of readings Chan, Janet. "Changing Police Culture." Policing: Key Readings, edited by Tim Newburn, Willan, 2005, pp. 338‐63. Author last name, First name. "Title of Essay or Reading." Book title, edited by Editor First name Last name, Publisher, Year of publication, Essay Page numbers.
An article in a reference book (like a dictionary or encyclopedia) with no author “Onomatopoeia.” The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd ed., Houghton Mifflin, 1992, p. 1265.  "Article title." Book title, edition number, Publisher, Year of publication, Essay Page number.
An article in a multi-volume, edited reference book “Stepmothers.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, edited by Donald Haase, vol. 3, Greenwood Press, 2008.  "Article title." Book title, edited by Editor First name Last name, Volume number, Publisher, Year of publication, Article Page number.
A book with a corporate author American Heart Association. The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 8th ed., Clarkson Potter, 2010 Company name. Book title, edition number, Publisher, Year of publication, Essay Page number.
A government publication United States, Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Global Change. National Action Plan for Global Climate Change. Government Printing Office, 1992. Government entity. Book title. Publisher, Year of publication.

 

Source Example Key
A journal article

June, Pamela B. “Alice Walker on Ecofeminist Issues in Her Fiction: An Interview.” Women's Studies, vol. 44, no. 1, 2015, pp. 99-116. 

Author last name, First name. "Title of Article." Container 1 - Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages.  
Journal article with a DOI (library database or website) June, Pamela B. “Alice Walker on Ecofeminist Issues in Her Fiction: An Interview.” Women's Studies, vol. 44, no. 1, 2015, pp. 99-116. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1080/00497878.2014.971219. Author last name, First name Middle initial. "Article title." Container 1 - Journal Title, Volume, Issue, Year, Page numbers. Container 2 - Name of database, doi: doi number.
Journal article without a DOI (library database or website) Raposo, Sarah and Laura L. Carstensen. “Developing a Research Agenda to Combat Ageism.” Generations: The Journal of the American Society on Aging, vol. 39, no. 3, Fall 2015, pp. 79-85. Academic Search Complete, lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/ login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,cpid&custid= s1088435&db=a9h&AN=112207270&site=ehost-live Author last name, First name Middle initial. "Article title." Container 1 - Journal Title, Volume, Issue, Year, Page numbers. Container 2 - Name of database, Location - web address of the article.  
Source Example Key
A magazine article

Clemmitt, Marcia. "Student Aid." CQ Researcher, 25 Jan. 2008, pp. 73-96. 

Author last name, First name. "Title of Article." Container 1 - Title of Magazine, Day Month Year, Pages.  
A magazine article from a website or database Clemmitt, Marcia. "Student Aid." CQ Researcher, 25 Jan. 2008, pp. 73-96. CQ Researcher Online, library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2008012500. Author last name, First name. "Title of Article." Container 1 - Title of Magazine, Day Month Year, Pages. Container 2 - Name of Website or Database, Location - web address.   
Source Example Key
A newspaper article

Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post, 24 May 2007, p. LZ01.

Author last name, First name. "Title of Article." Container 1 - Title of Newspaper, Day Month Year, Pages.  
A newspaper article from a website or database Perlmutter, David D. "No Television? Get Real." Christian Science Monitor, 27 June 2001, p. 21. Newspaper Source, lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/ login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,cpid&custid=s1088435&db=nfh&AN=4697444&sit e=ehost-live. Author last name, First name. "Title of Article." Container 1 - Title of Newspaper, Day Month Year, Pages. Container 2 - Name of Website or Database, Location - web address.
Source Example Key
A web page (with no author)

“Global Child Health: Vaccine Safety.” American Academy of Pediatrics, Jan. 2015, www2.aap.org/international/immunization/pdf/IssueBrief_VaccineSafety_Jan2015.pdf.

"Web Page." Container – Title of Web Site, Month Year,  Location – URL (omit “http://”)
A tweet

@tombrokaw. “SC demonstrated why all the debates are the engines of this campaign.” Twitter, 22 Jan. 2012, 3:06 a.m., twitter.com/tombrokaw/status/160996868971704320.

Username, "Full text of Tweet." Twitter, Day Month Year, Timestamp, Location - URL (omit “http://”). 
An image on a website Duccio. Crucifixion. 1311, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena. Oxford Art Online, www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/img/grove/art/F015008. Accessed 22 May 2016.  Artists name. Title of Work. Date of creation, Institution and city where the work is physically located. Name of Webpage, Location - URL, Date accessed.  
An email

Hoya, Billy. “Accessing Trial Databases.” Received by Megan Hopwood, 10 Jan. 2019.

Sender's Last name, First name. "Subject." Received by First name Last name, Day Month Year. 
A blog post Kelly, Mary. "Cats Again." Awful Library Books, 27 Mar. 2019, awfullibrarybooks.net/cats-again/ Last name, first name (or Username is real name is unavailable). "Blog/Post Title." Container - Web Site, Day Month Year, Location - URL (omit “http://”)
A YouTube video

“Monster Factory: The Boy-Mayor of Second Life.” YouTube, uploaded by Polygon, 11 Sept. 2015, youtu.be/8-3jDVTLdaQ.

"Title of Video." YouTube, ploaded by Username, Day Month Year, Location - URL (omit “http://”)
Source Example Key
A film or television show

Veronica Mars. Created by Rob Thomas, performance by Kristen Bell. Silver Pictures Television, 2004-2007.   

Movie or Television Show Title.  Created by First name Last name, performance by Lead actor/actress First name Last name, Studio or distributor, Year(s) released. 
An episode of a television show "Hush." Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, performance by Sarah Michelle Gellar, season 4, episode 10, Mutant Enemy, 1999.  "Episode Title." Television Show Title.Created by First name Last name, performance by Lead actor/actress First name Last name, Season number, Episode number, Studio or distributor, Year released. 
Music Recording (from a streaming service)

Rae Morris. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014. Spotify, open.spotify.com/track/0OPES3Tw5r86O6fudK8gxi.

Artist name. "Title of song." Title of Album, Recording Label, Year. Service, Location - URL. 
Music Recording (from a webpage)

Beyoncé. “Pray You Catch Me.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016, www.beyonce.com/album/lemonade-visual-album/. 

Artist name. "Title of song." Title of Album, Recording Label, Year, Location - URL.
Podcast Fink, Joseph and Jeffrey Cranor. "Summer Reading Program." Welcome to Night Vale, performance by Cecil Baldwin, episode 24, Night Vale Presents, 1 Aug. 2013, www.welcometonightvale.com/.  Last name, First name of the creator. “Title of episode.” Title of the Podcast, role of contributors and their First name Last name, Episode number, Publisher, Publication date, URL.  
A Personal Interview Doe, John. Personal Interview. 12 Apr. 2019.  Last name, First name of person being interviewed. Personal Interview. Day Month Year of interview.