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MLA 8th Edition Guide for References

cover image of the MLA Handbook 8th editionThe following are examples of Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting of resources for a list of works cited. For complete explanations and more examples, see the MLA Handbook, shelved in the first floor reference area (call # PE1478.G52). All  page numbers below refer to the 8th edition (2016) of the handbook.

The MLA documentation style uses in-text references, parenthetical citations in the text that refer to the alphabetical list of works cited at the end of the paper. The parenthetical citation appears within the text at the end of the section of cited text and includes the author's last name, followed by a page number, where available: (Anderson 7). There are many variations on this format depending on the circumstances and type of source being cited. For more examples, see the MLA Handbook, 8th edition, pages 54-58.

MLA 8th Edition Examples

Academic Journal with Stable URL (p. 32)

Goldman, Anne. "Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante." The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, 2010, pp. 69-88. JSTOR,

Academic Journal with DOI and No Page Numbers (p. 48)

Chan, Evans. "Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema." Postmodern Culture, vol. 10, no. 3, May 2000. Project Muse, doi:10.1353/pmc.2000.0021.

Book (p. 21, note that publisher city is no longer included)

Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.

Dorris, Michael, and Louise Erdrich. The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.

Newspaper Article (from

Wente, Margaret. “In the Best Interests of the Child?” The Globe and Mail, 6 Apr. 2009,

Web Sites, Blog Entries, and Comments (pp. 30, 44)

Hollmichel, Stefanie. "The Reading Brain: Differences between Digital and Print." So Many Books, 25 Apr. 2013,

Jeane. Comment on "The Reading Brain: Differences between Digital and Print." So Many Books, 25 Apr. 2013, 10:30 p.m.,

“Woman Gives Birth to Grandchild.”, 15 Oct. 2006,

Government Report (

United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2005 Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates: National Summary and Fertility Clinic Reports. Oct. 2007,

Three or More Authors? Use et al. (pp. 22, 116)

Burdick, Anne, et al. Digital_Humanities. MIT P, 2012.

For an in-text citation, use (Burdick et al. 42).

Pseudonym for Author on Twitter Post (p. 24)

@persiankiwi. "We have report of large street battles in east & west of Tehran now - #Iranelection." Twitter, 23 June 2009, 11:15 a.m.,

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