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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 it...so 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,  www.gutenberg.org/files/174/174-h/174-h.htm. 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.

www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=v9i1p6&path%5B%5D=203​.  Accessed 10 Sept.2020.

Online newspaper article (Internet, freely available)

(Bump)

Bump, Phillip. "Donald Trump Starts the General Election behind Hillary Clinton by a Mile." Washington Post, 4 May 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/05/04/donald-trump-starts-the-general-election-trailing-hillary-clinton-by-a-mile/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory.  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, 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueh4yEcjCp4.  Accessed 24 July 2020.

One page of a website/one blog post

(Meade)

Meade, Rita. "It's Not Too Late to Advocate." Screwy Decimal, 1 June 2016, www.screwydecimal.com/2016/06/its-not-too-late-to-advocate.html.  Accessed 11 June 2020.

Entire website/blog

(Meade)

Meade, Rita. Screwy Decimal. 2016, www.screwydecimal.com/. Accessed 11 June 2020.

Email

(Tignor)

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.