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MLA 8th Edition
Everything that is included in a Works Cited entry will be one of nine core elements. To create the entry, list each item followed by the punctuation listed. Some information may not be available for all sources. MLA no longer uses abbreviations to indicate missing information.
Entity who created the work (or entity you’re citing in the
Title of Source.
Title of Container,
The whole of which your source is a part. (Often italicized)
Anyone who’s important to your use of the work, either
preceded by a byline (edited by, translated by) or title
(general editor). No abbreviations!
Differing versions/translations, numbered editions, special
editions. Abbreviation for “edition”: ed.
If source is part of a numbered sequence, mark it here. Abbreviations: use “vol.” for “volume,” “no.” for issue or number.
Entity who produces or distributes the source. *Omitted
*Omitted if it is the same as the container or as a personal author.
* If a corporate author and publisher are the same entity, list them in the publisher spot and omit the author.
When the source was released – give as many specifics as
your source does (down to the time, if it’s there).
Place within the container where you can locate your
source (like page number) or how to get back to the
*Label page numbers with p. (one page) or pp. (multiple pages).
* For online sources: DOI or accession preferred; then permalinks, then URLs. For URls, www, not http
*Write out physical locations – museums, cities, room numbers, etc.
Note that author and title of source are followed by a period. All items related to the container are followed by a comma with a period at the end of the information about the container.
Information for a second container will come in the same order after the first container. Examples of second containers are electronic reading platforms like Google Book, subscription services like Netflix or Spotify, or databases.
Title the page: Works Cited
The Works Cited page is always
the last page of the paper and 7
should have a page number just
like the rest of the paper.
No bold, no underline, just plain text. Center the Title.
Items in parentheses are included if you have them. They are not written in parentheses.
2nd line of the entry.
Last Name, First Name of Author. Title of Book. (Other Contributors, Version,
Number,) Publisher, Publication Date.
Last Name, First Name of Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal or Book,
Double space within entries AND between entries.
(Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher,) Date of Publicationdaymonthyear, page numbers. Database, DOI or Permalink or URL. (Date of access optional).
Last Name, First Name of Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Website,
(Publisher,) Publication Datedaymonthyear, URL. Accessed on (IF no publication Date).
Parenthetical Documentation (Also known as in-text or internal citation)
Although you are giving credit on this page to the sources that you are using in the paper, you must also give credit within the paper indicating when parts of your paper come from your source (whether directly quoted or summarized in your own words). In order to know what to put in the parentheses after quoting or summarizing a source,
look at the entry for the source on the works cited page. The first word in the entry is what will go in the parentheses. This is usually the author’s last name. If there is no author, it is the first few words of the title, punctuated the same way it is punctuated in
the works cited entry. Only include page numbers when it is a direct quote.
Sample paper with in-text citations
Seinfeld, Jerry. Superman & Cereal.
David Publishers, 2001.
Vandelay, Art. “The Art of Architecture.”
Notice how the first word listed in the entry is what goes in citation.
Superman likes to eat cereal. He prefers to eat Wheaties because they make him feel
strong. He used to live on the planet Krypton and
Building Weekly, April 1999, pp. 2-13. Ebsco, doi: 10.1038/nn.3940.
“Where is Superman?” Comic Book Heroes.
then came to earth and tried cereal (Seinfeld).
This is a quoted section from the website article.“Superman is usually hiding somewhere
in the apartment during every episode, it’s fun for the audience to try and spot him” (“Where” 3).
This is a summarized section
from Seinfeld’s book.
Alphabetize entries by last name.
Notice how there is not an author, but the same rule applies. Whatever is listed first goes in the citation, here it is the first word.ons, numbered editions, special
Superman likes to eat cereal. He prefers to eat Wheaties b