Works Cited Format Guide – MLA Style
If the examples below do not give enough information, check the OWL site at Purdue University.
FORMAT for a Book:
Author’s last name, first name. Title of the book. Place of Publication: Publishing Company, year of publication.
Dolan, Amy. Babe Ruth. New York: Harcourt, 2001.
Thomson, Ian and John Simpson. Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual encyclopedia. London: PRC Publishing Ltd., 1999.
FORMAT for an Encyclopedia:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Title of Encyclopedia. Edition date.
Smith, William. “Cortes, Hernan.” Britannica Encyclopedia. 2005.
“Lindbergh, Charles.” World Book Encyclopedia. 2007.
FORMAT for an article from online subscription encyclopedia
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Title of Encyclopedia. Name of company affiliated with the site, publishing date. Web address. Day month year of access.
Bednarek, Janet R. “Earhart, Amelia.” World Book Advanced, World Book, 2018, www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar171340. Accessed 19 Mar. 2018.
FORMAT for a Magazine:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Magazine Title Day Month Year of magazine: pages of article.
Andrews, John. “Molecules that break rules.” Time 4 June 2006: 25-27.
FORMAT for a pamphlet or pamphlet article:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Title of Pamphlet. Place of Publication: Publisher, date: pages of article.
Byrd, Donna. “Arms control can work.” Will nuclear arms agreements work? New York: Greenhaven Press, 2005:153-159.
FORMAT for World Wide Website
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). “Article or Page Title.” Name of Site. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Web address. Day month year of access.
“Amelia Earhart.” The Biography.com Website. A&E Television Network, April 28, 2017. www.biography.com/people/amelia-earhart-9283280. Accessed 15 May 2017.
FORMAT for an article from online subscription database.
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Title of Publication, Publisher, Publication date, page number – page number. Name of Database. Web Address. Day month year of access.
“Amelia Earhart.” UXL Biographies, UXL, 2011. Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ2108100695/SUIC?u=mont41505&xid=22ebe30a. Accessed 19 Mar. 2018.
Harris, Laurie Lanzen. “Earhart, Amelia.” Biography for Beginners Online, Lincoln Library Press, 2015, FactCite, www.factcite.com/biobegin/10129.html. Accessed 19 Mar. 2018.
“Mystery solved? Amelia Earhart.” The Economist, 10 Feb. 2018, p. 73(US). Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A526786704/SUIC?u=mont41505&xid=17839a3f. Accessed 19 Mar. 2018.
“Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Continues.” NewsCurrents Read to Know, July 2017, SIRS Discoverer, discoverer.prod.sirs.com. Accessed 19 Mar. 2018.
If you need more than one line to write the citation, indent all lines after the first one. Indent 3 – 5 spaces each time (pick one, and stay with that).
Authors are always listed first, last name first. If there is more than one author for a source, other names are listed in normal order. If there are more than three authors, use the abbreviation “et. al.” after the first author.
Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given.
If there is more than one source being used, list the items in alphabetical order.
Web sites: you may have to check the main page for full title, author and date of last revision.
If an item is not available, skip it and go on to the next item.