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Citation Guide- MLA: Quick Citation Examples

Essential information to become a successful "citer"

Basic Citation Order:

Author. Title of Source. Title of Container, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.

Title of Source. --- Chapter Title, Article Title, Web page Title, Art work title

Title of Container --- Book, Magazine, Newspaper, or Website Title

Contributor --- Translators, Editors, etc.

Version --- edition

Number ---volume

Location --- page number(s) or URL

MLA does not require "Accessed on...." for website citation BUT the IB prefers included the date you accessed on-line material

Citation Examples:

Material Type

In-text Citation

Works Cited

Book with one author   

(Brinkley 525)

Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. 7th ed., McGraw Hill, 2014, p. 525.

Book with two authors  

(Wilson and Schlosser 67) 

Wilson, Charles, and Eric Schlosser. Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.​

Electronic book (Internet, available to everyone)

(Wilde 83)

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. 1890. Project Gutenberg, Accessed 12 Sep. 2020.

Book with editor(s) and no author

(Tallett and Trim 311-21) 

Tallett, Frank and D.J.B. Trim, editors. European Warfare, 1350-1750. Cambridge UP, 2010.

Book with organization as author  

(National Fire Protection Association 59)

National Fire Protection Association. Fundamentals of Firefighting Skills. 2nd ed., Jones and Bartlett, 2009.

Chapter/essay from a book/anthology 

(O'Brien 689)

O'Brien, Tim. "The Things They Carried." Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, edited by Robert DiYanni, 6th ed., McGraw Hill, 2007, pp. 684-97.

Entry in a reference work, with an editor and no author

("Cuba" 235)

"Cuba." Political Handbook of the World 2014, edited by Tom Lansford, CQ Press, 2014, pp. 354-8.

Article from a print journal

(Dukes 1) 

Dukes, Charlene. "Recognizing our Camelot Moment." Community College Journal, vol. 86 no. 5, Apr./May 2016, p. 1. Accessed 10 Oct. 2020.

Article from a scholarly journal on the Internet

(Houtman 7-9)

Houtman, Eveline. “Mind-Blowing: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Information Literacy Instruction.”  Communications in Information Literacy, vol.9, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-18.​.  Accessed 10 Sept.2020.

Online newspaper article (Internet, freely available)


Bump, Phillip. "Donald Trump Starts the General Election behind Hillary Clinton by a Mile." Washington Post, 4 May 2016,  Accessed 2 Sept. 2020.

Video on a website

("The H Bomb")

"The H Bomb: Making up for Lost Time: Lost." YouTube, uploaded by ABC's Lost, 24 Nov. 2009,  Accessed 24 July 2020.

One page of a website/one blog post


Meade, Rita. "It's Not Too Late to Advocate." Screwy Decimal, 1 June 2016,  Accessed 11 June 2020.

Entire website/blog


Meade, Rita. Screwy Decimal. 2016, Accessed 11 June 2020.



Tignor, Mia. "Re: Instruction requests." Received by Angie Neely-Sardon, 5 July 2016.

Examples taken from “MLA Style Guide, 8th Edition: Works Cited Examples.” IRSC Libraries, 6 September. 2017.  Amended to include date stamp as per IB requirements.