MLA Citation Tips

(Based on: Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. Print.)

A works-cited list in MLA style is organized alphabetically by the first workd in each citation. After the first line, indent all subsequent lines one half inch from the left margin. All citation should be double spaced. Capitalize the important words in the title, and italicize the main title in the citation. Include the full name of the author (e.g., Katz, William A.) and the shortened form of the publisher (e.g., Oxford UP).

Works Cited Entries

Book – Print (5.5)

Bickerton, Derek. Adam’s Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009. Print.

Einstein, Alfred. Alfred Einstein on Music: Selected Music Criticisms. Ed. Catherine Dower. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. Print.

Chapter or Article in a Book (5.5.6)

Woodruff, Martha K. “Plato’s Different Device: Reconciling the One and the Many in the Philebus.” Philosophy in Dialogue: Plato’s Many Devices. Ed. Gary Alan Scott. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2007. 152-73. Print.

Book – Electronic (5.6.2c)

Schneider, William. So They Understand: Cultural Issues in Oral History. Logan: Utah State UP, 2002. NetLibrary. Web. 21 Oct. 2009.

Article – Print Encyclopedia or Dictionary (5.5.7)

Seiberling, Grace. “Impressionism.” The Dictionary of Art. Ed. Jane Turner. New York: Grove, 1996. Print.

Article – Online Encyclopedia (5.6.2b or c)

Harold Harel Fisch, William D. Rubinstein, Ephraim Broido and Leonard Prager. “Shakespeare, William.” Encyclopedia Judaica. Eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol 18. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2007. N. pag. Gale Virtual Reference LIbrary. Web. 22 Oct. 2009.

Article – Print Newspaper (5.4.5)

Palmer, Robert. “Street-Smart Rapping is Innovative Art Form.” New York Times 4 Feb. 1985: C13. Print.

Article – Online Newspaper (5.6.2b)

Healy, Patrick. “A Few Star-Studded Hits Obscure Broadway’s Challenges.” New York Times. New York Time, 20 Oct. 2009. Web 22 Oct. 2009.


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