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ART 14 - Color Theory: MLA Citation

MLA Handbook

The MLA 8 Handbook is the offical guide of MLA citation formatting. You can find the manual on reserve behind the circulation desk and in the reference section of the library's collection.

MLA Image Citation Guide from the Academy of Art University Library

MLA 8 Works Cited Guide from Spartanburg Community College Library


Formatting the Works Cited List

MLA requires specific formatting of your paper and Works Cited List.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to set up your paper in Microsoft word:

More Questions? MLA Resources

The Purdue OWL MLA Formattting and Style Guide is a helpful resource for MLA citation. This page provides information about citing (giving credit for any quotes, facts, paraphrases, or summaries in your paper). Check here for help with your works cited page (bibliography page).

EasyBib  A guided citation builder -- entering your citation information and EasyBib will help you format your citation.

Works Cited Page

The last page of your essay is called the "Works Cited" list. This is where you list the full citation of the sources you used to write your paper.


To create the citations for your sources:

1. Use the MLA universal set of guidelines to build your citations:


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


Hopper, Edward. Early Sunday Morning. 1930, oil on canvas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Category Notes
1. Author.

One author format: Last, First.
Multiple author format: Last, First, and First, Last.

2. "Title of Source."

Capitalize all main words of the title.

3. Title of Container,              

If your source is found in a larger source, like an article in a magazine, list the title of the overall source.
Example: National Geographic,

4. Other Contributors, These include editors, illustrators, translators, etc.
5. Version, Include if your source has an edition number, like you would see with a textbook.
6. Number,

Include if your source has a volume, issue, episode or series number. You will see this with volumes of encyclopedias, journal articles or tv shows.
Example: vol. 24, no. 1,

7. Publisher,  
8. Publication date, Include day, month and year when available. Abbreviate long month names. Format: Day Mo. Year; Ex.: 5 Dec. 2011,
9. Location. Include if your source has page numbers or if your source comes from a website.
Example of source with pages: pp.12-54
Example of website:


This is a basic overview of MLA Works Cited page.
For more details and help with specific source formats, go here.