Developed by the Modern Language Association, this style is most widely used for research papers in the humanities.
With the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, the approach to citing sources shifts from creating entries based on the type of source cited (books, articles, etc.) to recording common features of the work. While this approach is more flexible for new media, it may be challenging for you to know which core elements are relevant to the source you are citing. Thus, this guide also provides some examples of commonly cited sources.
Do you need to cite a different type of source that is not explained here? Consult one of the style manuals found in the Russell LRC or the Macomb LRC. Try the Purdue Owl as a excellent resource for college writers.
Works cited is its own page at the end of your paper.
The image below identifies elements of an MLA citation for a print book.
Tyson, Peter. “Dogs’ Dazzling Sense of Smell.” NOVA scienceNOW. 4 Oct. 2012. www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-sense-of-smell.html. Accessed 22 Oct. 2017.
Note: MLA only requires the www. address so leave off the https:// when citing. If available use the DOI or permalink instead of the URL.
General format for media:
Title. Director. Major performers. Film Studio or Distributor, Release date.
Lust For Life. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, performances by Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, and James Donald. Warner Home Video, 1956.
The image below identifies elements of an MLA citation for a media item.