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Citation Guide- MLA: Creating Citations

Essential information to become a successful "citer"

How to create MLA citations

Think about MLA Citations like a Fill-in-the-Blank question.

Use the information you have; omit the information you do not have and/or is not relevant to your source.

Here’s a blank citation:

Author.

Title of Source.

Title of Container.

Other contributors,

Version,

Number,

Publisher,

Publication date,

Location.

Example for a Book:

Mumford, Lewis.

The Culture of Cities.

Harcourt,

1938.

Finished Citation:

Mumford, Lewis. The Culture of Cities. Harcourt, 1938.

Example for a periodical (magazine/journal):

Driedger, Sharon Doyle.

“After Divorce.”

Maclean’s.

no. 201,

Rogers Media,

20 Apr. 1998,

pp. 38-43.

Finished Citation:

Driedger, Sharon Doyle. “After Divorce.” Maclean’s. No. 201, Rogers Media, 20 Apr. 1998, pp. 38-43.

Example for Website with Author:

White, Lori.

“The Newest Fad in People Helping People: Little Free Pantries.”

Upworthy,

Cloud Tiger Media,

3 Aug. 2016,

www.upworthy.com/the-newest-fad-in-people-helping-people-little-free-pantries?g=2&c=hpstream

Finished Citation:

White, Lori. “The Newest Fad in People Helping People: Little Free Pantries.” Upworthy, Cloud Tiger

Media, 3 Aug. 2016, www.upworthy.com/the-newest-fad-in-people-helping-people-little-free-pantries?g=2&c=hpstream

Example for Website with No Author:

“Giant Panda.”

Smithsonian National Zoological Park,

Smithsonian Institute,

nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/giantpandas/pandafacts/

Finished Citation:

“Giant Panda.” Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute, nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/giantpandas/pandafacts/

 

Don't forget to add the date you accessed online resources!

This is an IB requirement.  The final citation would look like this:

“Giant Panda.” Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute, nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/giantpandas/pandafacts/.  Accessed 12 May 2020.