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 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:
This MS Word document template is pre-formatted according to proper MLA standards. Just insert your information and you are ready to go!
The Modern Language Association (MLA) published a new edition of the MLA Handbook in 2016. Changes to the MLA formatting have been made. Here are the most important to be aware of:
1. spell out vol. and no.--In MLA 7 it was: 24.1; for MLA 8 it is now: vol. 24, no. 1
2. Do not include place of publication.
3. Page numbers in ranges are designated with pp.
4. For websites, do not include date of access.
5. Medium of the publication is no longer required (e.g. print, web).
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.
1. Use the MLA universal set of guidelines to build your citations. Here is the universal format to follow:
Author. "Title of Source". Title of Container, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.
EXAMPLE MAGAZINE ARTICLE:
Kunzig, Robert. "The New Europeans: Voices from a Changing Continent". National Geographic, vol. 258, no. 5, Nov. 2015, pp. 58-75.
DETAILS ON EACH CATEGORY:
One author format: Last, First.
2. "Title of Source."
|Capitalize all main words of the title.|
If your source is found in a larger source, like an article in a magazine, list the title of the overall source.
|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.|
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.
|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: http://www.time.com/aj245/
2. Your source may not contain information in all of these categories, so only include the information you have.
3. Pay attention to the punctuation. Put periods after the author, title of the source, and at the very end. Put commas in between everything else.
This is a basic overview of MLA Works Cited page.
For more details and help with specific source formats, check out Purdue's Online Writing Lab MLA guide on: