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Citation Help: MLA Style

Citation Guide and resources

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What is MLA style?
A style of citation created by the Modern Language Association (MLA) that establishes values for acknowledging sources used in a research paper.

Who should use MLA style?
MLA style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. Check with your professor before you use MLA in a research paper to make sure it is appropriate for your class and assignment. 

Library Resources

MLA Citation Examples

MLA Style Citation Guide 

(Used with permission from Chattanooga State Community College)

Author(s) Date

Title of book/database

Title of Article Title of Periodical
Volume/Issue Pages Place of Publication Publisher Other Information



Book, single author (MLA Handbook, 148-52) 

Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler's Wife. Orlando: Harcourt, 2003. Print.


Book, two authors (MLA Handbook, 154-55)

Broer, Lawrence R. and Gloria Holland. Hemingway and Women: Female Critics and

   the Female Voice. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2002. Print.


Book, more than three authors (MLA Handbook, 155-56)

Plag, Ingo, et al. Introduction to English Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton, 2007.


Book, no author (MLA Handbook, 162)

American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. Boston: Houghton,

   2005. Print.


Book article or chapter, Work in an anthology (MLA Handbook, 157-59)

Ellison, Ralph. "Richard Wright's Blues." Norton Anthology of African American

   LiteratureEd. Henry Louis Gates and Nellie Y. McKay. New York: W. W. Norton

   & Company20041538-48. Print.


Journal article reprinted in reference book (MLA Handbook 159-60)

Holladay, Hillary. "Narrative Space in Ann Petry's Country Place." Literature Review

   16.1 (1996): 21-35. Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Linda Pavlovski

   and Scott Darga. Vol. 112. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 356-62. Print.


Dictionary entry (MLA Handbook, 160)

"Endanger." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. 2003. Print.


Journal article from a database (MLA Handbook, 192-93)

Hall, Randal H. Before NASCAR: The Corporate and Civic Promotion of Automobile

   Racing in the American South, 1903-1927.” Journal of Southern History 68.3 (2002):

   629-68Academic OneFile. Web. 26 Nov. 2009.


Magazine article from a database (MLA Handbook, 192-93)

Park, Alice. "Organ Transplants Without the Drugs." Time 11 Feb. 2008: 57. Gale

   Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 24 Sept. 2010.


Electronic book (MLA Handbook, 187-89)

Caldwell, Sara. Jumpstart Your Film Career. New York: Allworth, 2005. NetLibrary.

   Web. 24 Sep 2010.


Website (MLA Handbook, 184-90)

"Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic." AMA Careers in Health

   Care.  American  Medical  Association, n.d. Web. 1 Sept.



"Maplewood, New Jersey." Map. Google Maps. Google, 15 May 2008. Web.

   15 May 2008.


"The Scientists Speak." Editorial. New York Times. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2007.

    Web. 15 May 2008.


Tyre, Peg. "Standardized Tests in College?" Newsweek. Newsweek, 16 Nov. 2007.

    Web. 15 May 2008.

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You Quote It, You Note It!

A tutorial by Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University about citing sources and avoiding plaigirism.