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MLA Citation Style


General format

AuthorLastname, Firstname. "Title of the article." Publication information.

Print journal article

Continuous pagination:

Piper, Andrew. “Rethinking the Print Object: Goethe and the Book of Everything.” PMLA 121.1 (2006): 124-38. Print.

Pagination by issue:

Barthelme, Frederick. “Architecture.” Kansas Quarterly 13.3-4 (1981): 77-80. Print.

Online journal article

Berek, Peter. “Cross-Dressing, Gender, and Absolutism in the Beaumont and Fletcher Plays.” Studies in English Literature 44 (2004): 359- . Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 April 2009.

Note: For additional examples, see the Electronic Sources tab.

Magazine article

McEvoy, Dermot. “Little Books, Big Success.” Publishers Weekly 30 Oct. 2006: 26-28. Print.

Newspaper article

Jeromack, Paul. “This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor.” New York Times 13 July 2002, late ed.: B7+. Print.


Updike, John. “No Breaks.” Rev. of Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main Street, by Richard Lingeman. New Yorker 4 Feb. 2002: 77-80. Print.

For additional examples, see pages 136-148 in the MLA Handbook (2009).

Works Cited List Tips

The list of works cited is the final section of an MLA-style paper, but should be drafted as you research and write.

Begin the Works Cited list on a new page, but continue with the page numbering used in the body of your paper.

References in this guide are single-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced.

Each reference should include a hanging indent (used throughout this guide).

Arrange your references alphabetically by author (or title, when an author is not listed.)

Other names for the Works Cited page include Bibliography and Literature Cited. Works Cited is usually most appropriate, as it accomodates film, recordings, electronic publications, etc.

To cite two or more works by the same author, give the name in the first entry only. In the next entry, type three hyphens ("- - -") in place of the name.

Need More Help?

For additional assistance with citation styles, consult your professor or reference staff at the Mount Library. 

You can reach the Library by email: or by phoning 457-6250.  Please note: library staff will help you as much as possible but they may also refer you back to your professor.

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