MLA Style


General Tips

The most recent editions of the MLA manual and handbook have significant changes from the past editions, highlights of these changes include:

  • Publisher's location is no longer required for book citations
  • URLs are required
  • Write out "vol." and "no."
  • Do not write "Print" or "Web"


Author, Albert A. Title of Book. Publisher, 2001.

Journal Articles

Author, Albert A., Bernard B. Author, and Charles C. Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, vol. xx, no. x, 2001, pp. xxx-xx.

Chapters from Books

Author, Albert A.  "Title of Chapter." Title of Book, edited by Bernard B. Bohm. 2nd ed., vol. 8. Publisher, 2001, pp. xxx-xx.

Electronic Resources

Online periodical from databases:

Author, Albert A., Author, Brandon B., and Author, Charles C. "Title of Article."  Title of Periodical, vol. xx, no. x, 2001, pp. xx-xx. JSTOR,

Other online document:

Author, Albert A. "Title of Page."  Title of Web Site, URL.

MLA Style Guides in Snowden Library

MLA Handbook
        8th ed. New York: MLA, 2016.
        CALL NUMBER:  Ref. LB 2369.G53 2016 [REFDESK]

Other MLA Style Web Sites

MLA formatting and style guide
Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University