Citation Help 2.0: MLA

Most Common MLA (7th Edition) Citations

Reference List


Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

example:  Richards, Antonio. A History of Music. New York: Bantam, 2008. Print.

Journal article (from a library database)

Lastname, Firstname, and Firstname Lastname. “Title of Article.” Journal Title vol#.iss# (year): pp-pp. Database. Web. 19 Oct. 2014.

example: Janson, Anna, and David Pinker. “Dickens and the Grotesque.” Dickens Review 15.2 (1994): 176-194. Humanities International Complete. Web. 15 March 2014.


Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.

example: The Dangers of Smoking.  American Cancer Society, 2005. Web. 19 Oct. 2014.


  1. List of references is called “Works Cited” (no quotation marks), not bibliography, references, or anything else.
  2. For web citations, a URL is no longer required.
  3. Do not include author’s titles (such as Sir, Dr., or anything else) in the citation. It should  be only lastname, firstname.
  4. If there is no date for a work, put (n.d.) in the date position; make sure it’s lower case.
  5. If there is no publisher (such as for a website), put (n.p.) in the publisher position. Make sure it’s lower case.

In-text Citations

(Lastname p#). If there is no author, use part of the title in quotation marks instead. If there is no page number (such as on a website), leave out page numbers.

Example: (Rodriguez 190)


(“Malaria” 250)




  1. If you mention the author in a sentence, you don’t need to repeat the name in the citation.
  2. Ex. According to Jackson, there is “a serious problem” with this approach (19).

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