Learn how to set up your MLA style paper below!
Alphabetize each entry in a works cited list by the first letter, ignoring the articles A, An, and The. Indent subsequent lines of entries one-half inch. Citations should be double-spaced.
The MLA 8th edition no longer uses publication type to format citations. Instead it provides a list of core elements which should be presented when available in the following order. Each element is followed by the punctuation mark shown unless it is the final element. All citations should end with a period.
When the work is part of a larger whole, the larger whole is a container. For example if citing an article in a journal, the journal is a container. Works can have multiple containers. For example an article in a journal may also be in a database, in this case both the journal and the database are containers for that article. All containers for a work should be included in the citation. Core elements 3 – 9 should be listed for each container followed by a period to mark the end of elements related to that container.
Follow the formats below to cite your source in MLA 8th edition:
Print Book with one Author:
Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. 7th ed., McGraw Hill, 2014, p. 525.
Author's last name, Author's first name. Title. Edition, Publisher, Year of Publication, Page number.
Hardy, Thomas. Far From the Madding Crowd. The Floating Press, 2009, eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), pp. 7-10.
Author's last name, Author's first name. Title. Publisher, Year of Publication. Database Title (Publisher of Database), page or page range.
To Cite an eBook from the EBSCO eBook Collection click on the "cite" link on the right. Scroll down till you get to MLA. Copy and paste the information under MLA. You will need to add the page or page range to the information you copy and paste if that information if available.
Magazine or Newspaper Article from an Online Database (Explora or EBSCO) :
Shaw, Allyson. "Unicorns of the Sea." National Geographic Kids, no. 467, Feb. 2017, p. 24. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?
Author's last name, Authors first name. "Article Title." Journal Title. Edition, Date, Page. Name of Database. Location.
To cite an article from Explora or EBSCO you will be using the "cite" link on the right hand side of the screen and when the window opens choosing MLA.
Webpage from a website with an author:
Poncelet, Barbara. "Mom Am I Fat?: Helping Your Teen Have a Positive Body Image." Verywell.com, About Inc., 20 Apr.
Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Page or Document." Title of Website, Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of copyright or
date last modified/updated, URL.
: Date of access is now optional in MLA 8th edition. If no publication date is included, we recommend including the date you last accessed the site. Write the information as Accessed Day Month Year followed by a period.
Webpage From a Website With Unknown Author:
Video from Discovery Education Video:
“Narwhals.” Discovery Education, BBC. All Rights Reserved. , 2009,
Title. Database, Publisher. Date, location.
To cite a Discovery Education video find the "citation" tab and choose information under MLA.
Video from Youtube:
RotoBaller. “RotoBaller MLB: Top Fantasy Baseball Catcher Dynasty League Prospects for
2016.” YouTube, commentary by Raphael Rabe, 27 Mar. 2016, youtu.be/gK645_7TA6c.
Last Name, First Name of video creator or Username of Creator. "Title of Video." Title of the Hosting Website, Contributors if given, Month Year
of Publication, URL of video.
Before your hand in your works cited page, check yourself:
A works cited page allows your readers to verify the sources you have used to gather research. Most importantly, it gives credit to the authors and researcher whose work you've used. A detailed works cited helps to avoid plagiarism!