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Cite Sources: MLA Style

Help with the various citation styles (APA, MLA, etc)

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The information on this page has been updated to conform to the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.

What is MLA style?

MLA style is a documentation style developed by the Modern Language Association.  It is commonly used in the humanities.  MLA style uses brief in-text citations and a list of "Works Cited" at the end of the paper.

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Sample Citations - Books

One author or editor:

Cornwall, Jeffrey. Bootstrapping. Prentice Hall, 2010. 

More than one author or editor:

Chandler, Marthe, and Ronnie Littlejohn, editors. Polishing the Chinese Mirror: Essays
   in Honor of Henry Rosemont, Jr.
Global
Scholarly Publications, 2008.

Work in an edited collection:

Fingarette, Herbert. "Getting Rights Right." Polishing the Chinese Mirror: Essays in
   Honor of Henry Rosemont, Jr.,
edited by Marthe Chandler and Ronnie Littlejohn,
   Global Scholarly Publications, 2008, pp. 110-126. 

Electronic book:

Kelly, Evelyn B. Stem Cells. Ebook, Greenwood, 2007.

Sample Citations - Articles

Journal:

Bullington, Judy. "Thelma Johnson Streat and Cultural Synthesis on the West Coast."
   American Art, vol.19, no. 2, 2005, pp. 92-107. 

Magazine:

Cranford, John. "Taking It to the Limit." CQ Weekly, 24 Jan. 2011, pp. 200-205.

Newspaper:

Cornwall, Jeff. "Service Gives Small Businesses Edge Over Big Guys."
   Tennessean,  20 June 2011, p. B3. 

Article from a database:

Bullington, Judy. "Thelma Johnson Streat and Cultural Synthesis on the West Coast."
   American Art, vol. 19. no. 2, 2005, pp. 92-107. JSTOR, doi:10.1086/444483.

Griffith, Nathan. "Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union."
   Comparative Political Studies, vol. 37, no. 6, 2004, pp. 742-745. SocINDEX
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Sample Citations - Web Sites

Page from a web site:

Zielinski, Sarah. "Henrietta Lacks' 'Immortal' Cells." smithsonianmag.com.
   
22 Jan. 2010, www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/henrietta-lacks-immortal-

   cells-6421299/. 

Entire web site:

 CMT.  Country Music Television, www.cmt.com. Accessed 7 Sept. 2016.

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