Pathfinder: MLA Citation Guide

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MLA Style

The MLA style is established by the Modem Language Association. It is used most often in the disciplines of English and foreign languages. It requires a name and page number in the text of the document and a full
bibliographic entry for each source used on a “Works Cited” page.

  • Book
    Gabor, A. Einstein’s Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of

Five Great Twentieth-Century Women. New York: Viking, 1955. Print.

Welsch, Roger L. and Linda K. Welsch. Cather’s Kitchens: Foodways

in Literature and Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987. Print.

  • Magazine Article – Weekly
    Block, T. G. “Riding the Waves.” Forbes II Sept. 1995: 182+. Print.
  • Magazine Article – Monthly
    Moran, S. P. “A Deviant Star.” Natural History June 1983: 24-29. Print.
  • Newspaper Article
    Whitlock, Craig. “U.S. Climate Envoy Vows Support.” The Washington Post.

30 Mar. 2009: A3. Print.

  • Magazine Article for Online Database
    Auster, Bruce B. “Restarting the Race Dialogue.” U.S. News & World Report.

23 Mar. 1998: 13+. Bell & Howell ProQuest. Web. 23 Jun. 1988.

Gibbs, W. Wayt. “Taking Aim at Tumors.” Scientific American 278.5 (May 1998): 17+.

EBSCOhost. Web. 23 Jun. 1998.

  • Citing Internet Resources Using MLA Style
    When citing sources from the Internet include the following information as appropriate to the source:
  1. Name of author, editor, etc.
  2. Title of work (italicized).
  3. Title of overall Web site (Italicized).
  4. Version or edition.
  5. Publisher or sponsor of site; if not available use n.p.
  6. Date of publication (day, month, and year if available) ; if nothing is available use n.d.
  7. Medium of publication (Web).
  8. Date of access (day, month, year).
  • Online Magazine Article
    Stover, Dawn. “Gone Fission.” Popular Science Dec.2008: 273.6 (2008):19-21.

Ebsco Host. Web. 16 Feb. 2009.

Online Journal Article

Little, Miles & Fearnside, Michael. “On Trust.” Online Journal of Ethics 2.1 (1997): n. p.

Web. 1 Feb. 1999.

 

Miscellaneous Internet Sources

  • No author noted “Schools and Gun Violence.” Online Posting. 13 Jun. 1999. Web.

17 Feb. 2000.

  • Group or organization as authors

American Textile Manufacturers Institute.”Government Relations:

Steps for an Effective Meeting.” 1998. Web. Online Posting. 17 Feb. 2000.

 

For Complete MLA Style rules, please consult the following resources:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (call number: LB 2369 .G53 2003)
  • The MLA Style Manual (call number: Ref. PN 147 .A28 1985)

REMEMBER: Instructors serve as the FINAL authority in matters of citation for class-based assignments