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MLA Style Manual

A copy of the MLA Manual is available at the welcome desk in the Liaison Services department in the library.

Commonly Used Sources

MLA Citation Style (8th Edition)


Examples using the 8th edition of the Modern Language Association or MLA citation style are listed below. If you do not see the example you need listed here or if you want a more in depth discussion of MLA, you should consult the following resources

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition, available at the M.D. Anderson Library Information Desk (call number LB2369 .G53 2016).

Modern Language Association's online FAQ for MLA Style

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab's guide to the MLA Style 8th Edition




Book (Single Author)

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. MacMurray, 1999.


Journal Article (Print)

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, pages.

Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.


Magazine Article

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.

Poniewozik, James. "TV Makes a Too-Close Call." Time, 20 Nov. 2000, pp. 70-71.


Newspaper Article

Cite a newspaper article as you would a magazine article, but note the different pagination in a newspaper. If there is more than one edition available for that date (as in an early and late edition of a newspaper), identify the edition after the article title.

Krugman, Andrew. "Fear of Eating." New York Times, 21 May 2007, late ed., p. A1.


Article from a Database

Cite articles from online databases (e.g. MLA International Bibliography, ProQuest, JSTOR) and other subscription services as containers. Thus, provide the title of the database italicized before the DOI or URL. If a DOI is not provided, use the URL instead. Provide the date of access if you wish.

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal, vol. 50, no. 1, 2007, pp. 173-96. ProQuest, doi:10.1017/S0018246X06005966. Accessed 27 May 2009.


Entire Website

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number, Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available), URL, DOI or permalink. Date of access (if applicable).

Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003, Accessed 10 May 2006.