Tips for MLA Citations in Works Cited List

Tips for MLA Citations in Works Cited List
Please note that the handout represents the most current version of MLA style, 7th Ed. For more
examples of MLA formatting, check out the Purdue OWL site:
Rules for Works Cited at the End of Your Paper
 All papers in which you incorporate outside sources must contain a separate Works Cited page at the end.
 All entries should be arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author, but should not be numbered.
 If your list contains two or more works by the same author, arrange the titles alphabetically. Give the author’s
name for the first entry only. For subsequent entries, substitute three hyphens (followed by a period) for the
author’s name.
 The second and subsequent lines of each entry should be indented five spaces.
 The entire list, both within and between entries, must be double-spaced.
 If you include a URL address in the list, do not use a hyphen to divide it at the end of the line; break URL’s
only after a slash. Insert angle brackets around the URL. Also, if your word processing system automatically
turns URL’s into links, disable this feature.
Examples of Formatting, MLA Style
Note that the 7th Edition of MLA requires italics (instead of the optional underlining) and requires a designation
of the medium of publication of all sources.
Books with One Author : Author. Title. City of publication: Publisher, Date. Medium
Smith, John. Destroying the Rainforest. New York: Random House, 1990. Print.
Books with Two Authors:
Smith, John, and Sue Simpson. Taking Charge. Boston: Harvard UP, 1995. Print.
Articles in magazines (if issued monthly – give just month and year; if issued weekly, give the exact date)
Author. “Article Title.” Magazine Title Date: Pages. Medium
Barry, Kate. “Fixing the Game: Casinos on Trial.” US News and World Report 15 Jan. 2004: 43-45. Print.
Articles in all journals (either paginated by volume or issue):
Author. “Article Title.” Journal Title Volume number. Issue number (year): Pages. Medium.
Carroll, Meg. “Identities in the Dialogue: Patterns in the Chaos.” Writing Center Journal 28.1 (2008): 24-37.
Article in daily newspaper: Author. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title Date: Section and Pages. Medium.
Mattson, Kyle. “Coming of Age.” Boston Herald 3 Oct. 2006: B8. Print.
Essay in Anthology or Edited Collection: Author, “Article Title.” Anthology Title. Editor. City of publication:
Publisher, Date. Pages. Medium.
Lee, Robert W. “Behind the School Shooting.” Exploring Language. Ed. Gary Goshgarian. NewYork:
Longman, 2001. 254-257. Print.
Tips for MLA Citations in Works Cited List
Note that in the new version of MLA, no URLs are required for online sources; also, if there is no sponsor or
publisher for a site, the abbreviation N.p. should be used in the sponsor slot. If there is no date given, the
abbreviation n.d. should come after the sponsor.
Entire Website with Author: Author. Title of Website. Sponsor, Date of publication. Medium. Date of Access.
Johnson, Laura. The Rise of the Middle-Class. University of Maryland, 2006. Web. 22 Jan. 2008.
Entire Website with Corporate Author:
Democratic National Committee. The Democratic Party: Take Back America! DNC, 6 Oct. 2004. Web. 25
Feb. 2008.
Entire Website with No Author:
Bronson Alcott’s Legacy. N.p. 5 May 2006. Web. 27 Aug. 2007.
Short Work from a Website (poem, article, or essay, that is part of a larger website)
Author. “Title of work.” Name of Larger Website. Sponsor, Date of publication. Medium. Date of Access.
Jameson, Beth. “Seeing the Light.” EduCareNews. EduCare, n.d. Web. May 2009.
Article in Online Magazine or Newspaper: Author. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title. Sponsor or publisher of site,
Date of publication. Medium. Date of access.
Michaels, Clay. “Can’t We All Get Along?” Tacoma Times. Tacoma Times. 18 Mar. 2001. Web. 19 Apr.
Entire Weblog (Blog): An entire blog should be formatted the same way you format an entire website (see above)
Jessup, Carl. Musings on Music. N.p. 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 12 Feb. 2008.
Entry in a Weblog (Blog): Entries (comments or individual postings within blogs) should be formatted the same way
you format a short work from a web site (see above).
Jessup, Carl. “The Beauty of Beethoven.” Musings on Music. N.p. 16 Oct. 2008. Web. 14 Feb. 2009.
Casova, Michelle. Weblog comment. Musings on Music. N.p. 16 Feb. 2008. Web. 14 Feb. 2009.
E-Mail Message: Author of message. “Subject line of message.” Message to [name of] recipient. Date of message.
Kleppinger, Eugene. "How to Cite Information from the Web." Message to the author. 10 Jan. 2008. E-mail.
Work From A Subscription Service’s (like Ebsco or Wilson Web) Database: Author. “Article Title.” Journal Title
volume number (date of publication): page number of original article. Name of Database. Medium. Date of access.
Downs, Karen. “Children At Risk: A Portrait of American Education.” Elementary Education Quarterly 33.4
(2001): 787-89. Academic Search Elite. Web. 12 Jan. 2002.
Television Program: “Name of Episode” (if applicable). Name of Show. Information about the program’s writer
(By), director (Dir.), performers (Perf.), or host (Host). Network. Local Affiliate Station (if applicable), City (if
applicable). date of broadcast. Medium
2004 Presidential Debate. Host Tim Russert. CBS. WCCO, Minneapolis/St. Paul. 8 Oct. 2004. Television.
Tips for MLA Citations in Works Cited List
Television Program Viewed Online: Follow the same format as a regular television program, but add the title of the
website, medium, and your date of access.
"The Blessing Way." The X-Files. Perf. David Duchovny and Jillian Anderson. Fox, 19 Jul. 1998.
Web. 19 Jul. 2009.
Film: Title. Director (Dir.). Performers (Perf.) or Narrator (Narr). Distributor, Date released. Medium.
Million Dollar Baby. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Perf. Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. Warner Home Video,
2005. DVD.
Online Image: Artist if Available. Title of artwork. Original date of composition. Institution and city where artwork is
located. Title of website. Medium. Date of access.
Van Gogh, Vincent. Vestibule of the Asylum. 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMA: The
Museum Of Modern Art. Web. 16 Aug. 2007.
Online Audio Clip: Creator if Available. "Description or Title of Sound." Date of Sound. Online sound. Title of
Larger Site. Date of download. Web address.
“Al Gore concedes presidential election to George Bush.” 13 Dec. 2000. Online sound. The History Channel.
6 Dec. 2005. <>.
Online Video Clip: Treat online video clips as you would a short work from a larger website (see above).
Baker, Jennifer. Ten Ways to Improve Your Grammar. 5 June 2009. YouTube. Web. 22 June 2009.
Podcasts (digital audio content): Treat as you would a short work from a larger website (see above), giving
the medium before the date of access.
Johnson, Bill. “Navigating the New Currency.” All Things Considered. National Public Radio, 14
June 2009. MP3 file. 24 June 2009.
Advertisement: Name of product or company being advertised. Advertisement. Publication information for source
where ad appears.
Luminous Mascara by Revlon. Advertisement. Elle Dec. 2008: 78. Print.
Personal Interview (in-person or via phone):
Carson, Michelle. Personal Interview. 10 Jun. 2001.
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