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Check with your instructor to verify the format required for your paper. For additional information, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers in the Library and Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ for additional information. For interactive help building your citations, try Son of Citation Machine at http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?reqstyleid=1 .

MLA style requires the use of hanging indentation and double-spacing.

Book MLA Format Example  
One Author
Author Last, First. Title of Work. Location: Publisher, Copyright date. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Bantam Books, 1969. Print.
Muir, John. The Cruise of the Corwin. Santa Barbara, California: Narrative Press, 2001. ebrary. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914. Google Book Search. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
 
Two or Three Authors
Author Last, First, and First Last. Title of work. Location: Publisher, Copyright date. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
McCabe, Linda L., and Edward R. B. McCabe. DNA: Promise and Peril. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. ebrary. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
 
Four or More Authors
Author Last, First, et al. Title of work. Location: Publisher, Copyright date. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
McArdle, William D., et al. Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance. Malvern, PA: Lea & Febiger, 1991. Print.
 
Editor
Editor Last, First, ed. Title of work. Location: Publisher, Copyright date. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Johnson, Allen, ed. Readings in American Constitutional History: 1776-1876. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. Google Book Search. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
 
Works in an anthology
Author Last, First. "Work Title." Anthology Title. Volume number. Ed. Editor First Last. Location: Publisher, Date. Pages.Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Durham, David Anthony. "The Boy-fish." Gumbo: A Celebration of African-American Writing. Ed. Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris. New York: Harlem Moon Broadway Books, 2002. 43-56. Print.
 
 
 
Periodical Article MLA Format Example  
Journal
Author Last, First. "Title of article." Title of Journal Volume (Year): Pages. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Erdil, Fethiye, and Fatoş Korkmaz. "Ethical Problems Observed by Student Nurses." Nursing Ethics 16.5 (2009): 589-98. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21. Aug. 2009.
Vaustig, Brian. "Autism Intervention Comes of Age." JAMA 291 (2004): 2807-08. Print.
 
Magazine
Author Last, First. "Title of article." Title of Magazine Date: Pages. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Kalb, Claudia. "When Does Autism Start?" Newsweek 28 Feb. 2005: 45-53. Print.
Thornburgh, Nathan. "Undocumented And Undeterred." Time 20 Apr. 2009: 32-36. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
 
Newspaper
Author Last, First. "Title of article." Title of Newspaper Date: Pages. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Burton, Thomas. "Drug Shows Promise for Treating Strokes." Wall Street Journal 24 Feb. 2005: D1. Print.
Martin, Jeff. "Central USA Sees Mountain Lion Migrations." USA Today 15 Feb. 2008: 03a. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
 
 
 
Web Page MLA Format Example  
Web page
Author Last, First. "Title of the work if it is part of a larger work." Title of the Overall Web Site. Version or edition used. Publisher or sponsor of the site. Date of publication. Medium of publication. Date accessed. <Optional URL, see below>

The URL should only be included if your reader is unlikely to be able to locate the resource or if required by your instructor.

"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Medline Plus. U.S. National Institute of Health. 17 Aug. 2009. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
"Cancer Survivor Provides Free Health Care for Uninsured." CNN.com. Cable News Network, 21 Aug. 2009. Web. 21 Aug. 2009.
 
 
 
Encyclopedia MLA Format Example  
Familiar Source
Author Last, First. "Title of article." Title of Encyclopedia. Year ed. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
Allen, William Hand. "Electric Light." World Book Encyclopedia. 2005 ed. Print.
 
Specialized Source
Author Last, First. "Article Title." Encyclopedia Title. Ed. Editor First Last. Number vols. Location: Publisher, Date. Database name if library database. Medium of publication consulted. Date accessed if electronic.
"Thomas Alva Edison." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 17 vols. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Print.