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MLA (8th edition) Documentation Style: The Basics

MLA Style Template

The basic components of an MLA 8th edition citation are:

Chapter in a Print Book

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

        of Book, Publisher, Year.

 

Article, print version

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical, vol. #, no. #,

        Date of publication, pp. # - #.

 

Article, electronic version

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical, vol. #, no. #,

        Date of publication, pp. # - #. Database Name, Permalink or URL or DOI.

       

Entire website

Author’s Last name, First name, if available. Title of Web Site, Publisher, Date of

       access. Permalink or URL or DOI.

In-Text Citations

Parenthetical documentation directs the reader to the specific sources of information that you are referencing in the body of your paper. These listings must direct the reader to a particular work listed on your “Works Cited” page. In most cases the author’s last name and a specific page number, in parentheses, are enough to identify the source you used and its location within that source. If the item has a corporate author, treat the corporate entity as the author.

Example: During the 1980s global inflation remained steady at around 15 percent (Rogoff 49).

If you are already referring to the author’s name in the text of your paper, then you need only cite the specific page number in parentheses.

Example: According to Rogoff, “global inflation averaged 15 percent in the 1980s” (49).