MLA Works Cited Format

HCC Library: MLA Works Cited Format


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An authoritative resource for MLA works cited formats not found below.


The HCC Guide to Bibliographic Citations in MLA Format

Some rules to remember:

  • Alphabetize entries in the works cited list by the first word in each citation (author or title);
  • If author's name is unknown, leave it out and list the title first;
  • Italicize titles of books, Web sites, and Database names;
  • URLs (Web site addresses) are recommended, but follow your teacher's instructions for whether to include them;
  • Use correct punctuation and follow text formatting exactly.

...FOR PRINT SOURCES

BOOK with one author:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name Middle Initial. Title of Book: Subtitle. City of Publication:
Publisher, Year of publication.

BOOK with two or more authors:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name, Author2 First Name Last Name, and Author3 First Name
Last Name. Title of Book: Subtitle. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
Use for: American Journey textbook, etc.

REFERENCE book:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name (if available). "Title of Article." Title of Reference Book:
Subtitle
. Edition. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
Use for: Encyclopedias and books w/collections of articles.

MULTIVOLUME set of books:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of This Volume. City of Publication: Publisher, Year
of Publication. Volume number of Title of The Multivolume Set of Books.
Use for: Hakim's The History of US.

MAGAZINE article:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine Day Month Year published: page number(s).
Use for: Time magazine or Cobblestone (print edition.)

SCHOLARLY JOURNAL article:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume.Issue: page
number(s).
Use for: English Journal (print edition.)

NEWSPAPER article:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Newspaper Day Month Year
published, edition: section letter and page number.
Use for: The New York Times (print edition.)

IMAGE, PAINTING, or PHOTOGRAPH:
Creator's Last Name, Creator's First Name. Title of Image. Year Composed. Name of Museum or
Institution Housing the Work, City of Institution.
Use for: Mona Lisa at Louvre museum.

...FOR ELECTRONIC SOURCES

WEB SITE:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Title of Article." (ex.: "Historic Valley Forge.")
Title of Web Page. (ex.: USHistory.org). Publisher (ex.: Independence Hall Association),
Day Month Year Posted or Revised. Day Month Year accessed.
Use for: Any Web site, such as UShistory.org.

ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA article:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Encyclopedia Online. Publisher
or Sponsor of Site, Year Published. Day Month Year accessed.
Use for: World Book Online, Britannica Online, etc.

NEWSPAPER or MAGAZINE ARTICLE in a database:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Article Title." Title of Publication Day Month Year
published, section name: page number(s). Database Name. Day Month Year accessed.
Use for: Gale Student Resource Center, ProQuest, EBSCO Student Resource Center, etc.

ARTICLE in a Reference Database (ABC-CLIO):
"Article Title." Database Name. ABC-CLIO. Day Month Year accessed.
Use for: ABC-CLIO's World Geography & American History databases.

SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLE in a database:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Article Title." Title of Publication Volume#.Issue#
(Year): page number(s). Database Name. Day Month Year accessed.
Use for: Gale Student Resource Center, ProQuest, EBSCO Student Resource Center, etc.

E-MAIL message:
Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. "Title of Message from Subject Line." Description of
Message Including Recipient (i.e. Message to ...). Day Month Year of message. Email.

IMAGE, PAINTING, or PHOTOGRAPH online:
Creator's Last Name, Creator's First Name. Title of Image. Year Composed. Name of
Museum Housing the Work, City of Museum. Name of Web site or Online Photo Database. Day Month Year accessed.
Use for: Photograph or any other image found online.

...OTHER

PERSONAL INTERVIEW:
Interviewee's last name, Interviewee's First Name. Personal Interview. Date of Interview.
Use for: Quoting your grandfather in a family ancestry interview.

TELEVISION or RADIO BROADCAST:
"Title of Episode." Title of TV Series. Name of TV network (ex.: Fox). Station (ex.: WGBH), City,
Day Month Year of broadcast. Medium of transmission (ex.: Television or Radio).
Use for: iCarly TV Broadcast, NPR's Fresh Air.

MOVIE or VIDEO Recording:
Title of Movie. Dir. Director's First Name Last Name. Name of Distribution Company (ex.: Miramax),
Year of Release. Medium of transmission (ex.: DVD, VHS, or Film)
Use for: DVD version of Happy Feet.

*Contact H.C. Crittenden Middle School's Library Media Specialist with any Questions or Comments