The English Department's 2011 MLA Citation Guide provides a comprehensive list of citation examples and a sample Works Cited page. For additional information, go to Purdue OWL Writing Lab, a site that includes a sample research paper.
Sample Citations for the Most Frequently Used Formats
Citing Library Resources: MLA (Modern Language Association) 2009
If all components are not listed for the source, note only the available information.
Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
Kallen, Stuart A. World Energy Crisis. San Diego: ReferencePoint Press, 2007. Print.
--Pro/con type books, etc.
When citing a previously published article in a collection where the article title is different than in its original source, give the complete data for the new publication followed by Rpt. of (“Reprint of"), the original title, and the original publication facts.
Cuban, Larry. “Do American Students Need More Time in School?” Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Educational Issues. Ed. James W. Noll. NY: McGraw, 2011. 385-396. Print. Rpt. of “The Perennial Reform: Fixing School Time.” Phi Delta Kappan (Dec. 2008): 240-250.
Periodicals (Magazines, Newspapers, etc.)
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.
Baird, Julia. “The Case Against Settling.” Newsweek 1 Feb. 2010: 18. Print.
McKee, Megan. "Celebrating the original marathon. " Boston Globe 24 Jan. 2010: 3. Print.
"Verbatim." Time 21 Dec. 2009: 30. Print.
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume. Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.
DiChristina, Mariette. "From the Sources." Scientific American 301.5 (Nov. 2009): 4. Print.
Website (Common and U.S. Government)
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). “Title of article.” Name of Website. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
United States. Department of Energy. “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 23 Nov. 2009. Web. 20 Jan. 2010.
WGBH American Experience. “Influenza 1918.” American Experience. PBS, 22 Jan. 2009.
Web. 9 Feb. 2010.
Sample Citations for Databases and eBooks
Online Subscription Database articles – signed or unsigned
Author and/or editor names (if available). “Article name.” Title of the Database, Version numbers
including volumes or issue numbers. Publisher information, including publisher name and
Page numbers (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
Katel, Peter. "Straining the Safety Net." CQ Researcher 19.27 (2009): 645-668. Web.
14 Oct. 2009.
Mossberg, Walter S. "Some Basic Features You Should Demand When Buying a PC.” Wall Street
Journal 18 Oct. 2007, Eastern ed.: B.1. ProQuest. Web. 23 Oct. 2009.
"Tanning Beds…" CRS - Adult Health Advisor Jan. 2009: 1-10. Health Source –Consumer Edition.
Web. 15 Sep. 2009.
Author/editor. “Title of Article/Chapter.” Title of eBook. Place of publication, publisher, date for
original print version. Pages. eBook provider . Medium of publication. Date of access.
Carpenter, Kenneth John. "Nutrient Bioavailability." Encyclopedia of Food and Culture,
Vol. 2. New York: Scribner's, 2003. 573-576. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web.
14 Oct. 2009.
Gall, Timothy L., ed. “Gretzky, Wayne.” The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions, 8th ed.
Cleveland: Lincoln Library Press, 2007. Lincoln Library online. Web. 21 Oct. 2009.