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MLA (9th edition) Documentation Style


New! ► For electronic sources, use a DOI at end of citation and preface with "https://doi.org/". If DOI not available, include URL (leave off the "https://") or Permalink of the source at the end of the citation. 

New! ► You can optionally add an Accessed date for works that may be changed or removed at any time.



Hu, Tung-Hui. A Prehistory of the Cloud. MIT P, 2015. EBSCOhost eBook Collection,




Article from a subscription database (i.e. ProQuest) with DOI

Taylor, Victoria M., et al. “HPV Vaccination Uptake Among Cambodian Mothers.” Journal

of Cancer Education, vol.36, no. 3, Mar. 2012, pp. 145-148.  ProQuest, 



Article from a subscription database (i.e. ProQuest) with permalink/URL

Bauer, Curtis. “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Indiana Review, vol. 121, no. 47, Summer

2010, pp. 51-53. ProQuest, ezproxy.olympic.edu:2048/login?url=http://



Article from a Web site, with Author

Dickey, Christopher. “Shadowland: Garbage In, Garbage Out.” Newsweek, 18 Feb.

2004, www.newsweek.com/shadowland-garbage-garbage-out-131255.


Article from a website, no author, where info may change at any time

“Cashew.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, 5 Sept. 2016,

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew. Accessed 9 Sept. 2016.


Entire Web site, no individual author

Information Literacy. U of Idaho, 2016, www.webpages.uidaho.edu/info_literacy/.


Online government publication

United States, Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. “Capital Punishment.”

Bureau of Justice Statistics, 10 Dec. 2006, www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=415.



Doe, John. “Re: Photography.” Received by Jane Doe, 23 Jan. 2004.



@jk_rowling (J.K. Rowling). “Thrilled that Tom Burke will be playing Cormoran Strike in

the BBC adaptation of @RGalbraith’s novels!” Twitter, 7 Sept. 2016,  



YouTube (creator's real name is same as username)

Beyoncé. “Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts (Video).” YouTube, 24 Apr. 2014,



YouTube (creator's real name not obvious)

"What’s Happening to Honey Bees?” YouTube, uploaded by SciShow, 6 Apr. 2016,



MLA Handbooks

For complete instructions and examples, refer to the handbooks below in print in OC Libraries, or use the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)  online MLA guide.