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Citations - MLA Style: The MLA 8th Edition Citations Template and Quick Guide

Resources for MLA (Modern Language Association) style, with examples of how to cite materials from Chemeketa's databases.

Some types of publication may have a second container, for example an online journal article has a journal as its first container and a database as a second container.  If part of the template does not apply to the item you are citing, just leave it out.

The Basic Template

The MLA Works Cited Template with Punctuation
Author.
Title of source.
Title of container,
Other contributors,
Version,
Number,
Publisher,
Publication date,
Location.

Examples

 Author.

 Smith, John.  [one author]

 Smith, John and Mary Doe. [two authors]

 Smith, John, et al. [more than two authors]

 Title of source.

 Book Title.  [written in italics]

 “Article Title.” [surrounded by quotation marks; also applies to book chapter, episode of a TV series, page of a website, etc.] *

 Title of container,

 Title of Journal.  [written in italics; the title of the work where your source is found: book title, TV series title, website name, etc.]

 Other contributors,

 Name of translator, director, illustrator, editor, etc. [only if important]

 Version,

 Typically an edition, such 3rd ed.

 Number,

 Vol. 1, no. 3, [most often with articles; may also be a book volume, episode number or issue number]

 Publisher,

 Name of book publisher, [or production company,  organization sponsoring a Web site, etc.]

 Publication date,

 5 Nov. 2014,

 Location.

 www.website.com/12345. [could also be something like disk number for a set of DVDs, or DOI for a journal article.]

* When a source is untitled, provide a generic description, e.g., interview.