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History: MLA

This guide list resources that will get you started on doing historical research. Some sources will be more specific on certain periods and geographical locations.

More citation help

The Basics

The basic components of an MLA (2009 7th edition) citation are:

 

Book

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Chapter or Essay if Applicable.” Title of

   Book. Publication Location: Publisher, Year. Print.

 

Article, print version

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Vol#.Iss# (Year

    or date of publication): page number(s). Print.

 

Article, electronic version

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Vol#.Iss# (Year

    or date of publication): page number(s).  Database Name. Web. Date of access.

 

Internet citation

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Web Page.” Web Site Title . Date of

    posting. Web. Date of access.

 

New for 2009! Each citation must declare the format, such as Print, Web, DVD, Videocassette, Television, etc.

New for 2009! Titles of books and journals are now italicized instead of underlined.

New for 2009!  If a date is not available for an electronic format, write n.d. for no date; if a publisher is not named on a Web site, write n.p. for no publisher; if a page number is not given for online journal or database articles, write n.pag. for no pagination.

 

New for 2009! URLs are not required.  However, you are welcome to provide the URL if the citation information may not help the reader easily find the source on their own. Your instructor may also require you to provide URLs.