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Citation Styles: MLA Style

MLA Books--7th Edition


Works Cited


Book, one author

Section 5.5.2 and 6.3 in MLA Handbook


Skorman, Stuart. Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur: Why I Can’t Stop Starting Over. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2007. Print..

(Skorman 165)

Book, two or three authors

Section 5.5.4 and 5.5.13 in MLA Handbook

Pride, William, Robert J. Hughes, and Jack R. Kapoor. Business. 10th ed. Mason, OH: South-Western/Cengage Learning, 2010. Print

(Price, Hughes, and Kapoor 307)

Book, four or more authors

Section 5.5.4 and 6.2 in MLA Handbook

Montgomery, Williams, et al. The Quest for Aztec Gold. New York: Penguin, 1994. Print.

(Montgomery et al. 87)

Book, editor(s)

Section 5.5.4 in MLA Handbook

Hay, Jeff T., ed. The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.

(Hay 27)

Book, corporate author

Section 5.5.5 and 6.4.5 in MLA Handbook

Time-Life Books. Decade of Triumph, the 40s. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1999. Print.

(Time-Life Books 104)

Anonymous author/no author given

Section 5.4.9 and 6.4.4 in MLA Handbook

Primary Colors, a Novel of Politics. New York: Random House, 1996. Print.

(Primary Colors 14)

MLA Articles (Magazine, Journal, Newspaper)--7th Edition

Source Works Cited In-Text

Article in Magazine (print)

Section 5.4.6 in MLA Handbook

Ottesen, Carole. “Prophet of the Prairie.” The American Gardener 89 Sept. 2010: 24-28. Print

(Ottesen 25)

Article in Magazine (database)

Sections 5.4.6, 5.6.4, 5.4.2 in MLA Handbook

Lyon, Mich. “Pay the Piper.” Harper’s Magazine 313 Dec. 2006: 4-5. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 June 2007.

(Lyon 4)

Article in Magazine (online)

Section 5.6.2b in MLA Handbook

Moore, Tristana. “Did Negligence Kill Knut the Polar Bear?” 22 Mar. 2011. Web 23 Mar. 2011


Article in Newspaper (print)

Section 5.4.5 in MLA Handbook

Boyle, John. “Volvo’s Exit Ripples in Community.” Asheville Citizen-Times 17 Mar. 2011: A1+. Print

(Boyle A1)

Article in Newspaper (database)

Section 5.4.5 and 5.6.4 in MLA Handbook

Pearson, Erin. “Southeast Kansas Producers Pooling Cattle.” Farm Talk Newspaper 21 Nov. 2007: 14. Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 22 Mar. 2011.

(Pearson 14)

Article in Newspaper (online)

Section 5.4.5 and 5.6.2b in MLA Handbook

McDowall, Angus. “Saudi Arabia to Hold Municipal Elections.” The Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal, 23 Mar. 2011. Web. 23 Mar. 2011.


Article in Journal (print)

Section 5.4.2 in MLA Handbook

Howe, Barbara J. “On Stage and in Class: Women Artists in Mid-19th Century Wheeling.” Appalachian Journal 37.3/4 (2010): 184-209. Print.

(Howe 201)

Article in Journal (online, no page numbers)

Section 5.6.3 in MLA Handbook

Perkins, Clarence. “The Wealth of the Knight’s Templar in England and the Disposition of It After Their Dissolution.” The American Historical Review 15.2 (1910): n. pag. Web. 23 Mar. 2011.


Article in Journal (database)

Section 5.6.4 in MLA Handbook

Stealey III, John. “Irons in the Fire: the Business History of the Tayloe Family and Virginia’s Gentry, 1700-1860.” Journal of American History 95.3 (2008): 817-818. Academic Search Premier. Web 23 Mar 2011.

(Stealey III 818)


MLA Dictionaries & Encyclopedias--7th Edition

Source Works Cited In-Text

Dictionary (print)

Section 5.5.7 and 6.6.4 in MLA Handbook

“Muster.” Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1999. Print.


Dictionary (online)

Sections 5.5.7, 5.6.2c, and 6.4.4 in MLA Handbook

“Hieroglyphic.” Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary. 2011. Merriam-Webster Online. Merriam-Webster. Web 23 Mar. 2011.


Encyclopedia (print)

Section 5.5.7 and 6.4.4 in MLA Handbook

“Minorca” Encyclopedia Britannica. 1980 ed. Print.


Encyclopedia (online)

Section 5.6.2b in MLA Handbook HighBeam Research, 2010. Web 23 Mar. 2011.

(“French Revolution”)


MLA Citation Style Formatting Tips

  • Use Hanging Indent citations [in Word, highlight text, right click, select Paragraph, and choose “Hanging” under Indentation: ]
  • Footnotes may be used in lieu of In-Text citation, depending on your instructor’s preferences.  
  • List your references or sources used beginning on a new page, not following the conclusion paragraph(s).
  • May use Works Cited, Bibliography, or Literature Cited as the page heading.  However Works Cited is most common for MLA style.
  • Center the heading (Works Cited, Bibliography, etc.) at the top of the Works Cited page.
  • List references alphabetically by author/editor last name.  If no author/editor is present, alphabetize by title of the work, omitting initial A, An, or The.
  • Double space citations [in Word, highlight text, right click, select Paragraph, and choose “Double” under Spacing: ]
  • Double space between each reference listed.