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Major American Dramatists - Johnstown Campus: MLA 7th Edition

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Books on MLA Citing

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What is MLA Style?

MLA (Modern Language Association) style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work. (Source Official MLA website)

In-text Citation

Material Type

In-text Citation

Author's name in text

Magny develops this argument (67-69).

Author's name in reference

This argument has been developed elsewhere (Magny 67-69).

Two authors' names in reference

The most notorious foreign lobby in Washington is the "Sugar Mafia" (Howe and Trott 134).

Quotation found in indirect or "secondhand" source

The philosopher Alain states that "admiration is not pleasure but a kind of attention. . ." (qtd. in Magny 66).


Creating a Works Cited Page

With MLA style, you must include at the end of your paper a Works Cited page, which is an alphabetical listing of the resouces cited in your paper. Here are some examples below of MLA style citations.

Material Type

Works Cited

Book in print

Card, Claudia. The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.

An article in a print journal

Doggart, Julia. "Minding the Gap: Realizing Our Ideal Community Writing Assistance Program." The Community Literacy Journal 2.1 (2007): 71-80.

An article in an electronic journal

Sherrard-Johnson, Cherene. "'A Plea for Color': Nella Larsen's Iconography of the Mulatta." American Literature 76.4 (2004): 833-869. EBSCOhost. Web. 10 Sept. 2009.

A encyclopedia entry

Foster, John S., Jr. "Nuclear War." The Encyclopedia Americana. Intl. ed. 1998.

A government publication

United States. Federal Maritime Commission. Hawaiian Trade Study: An Economic Analysis. Washington: GPO, 1978.

An interview you conducted

Brandt, Deborah. Personal Interview. 28 May 2008.

A film/DVD

Sense and Sensibility. Screenplay by Emma Thompson and Jane Austen. Dir. Ang Lee. Perf. Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet. Sony, 1999. DVD.

A website with no author

"New Media @ the Center." The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. U of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center, 2009. Web. 11 Sept. 2009.

Online MLA Citation Resources