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:

  • Book and journal titles are italicised
  • Include issue numbers for all journal articles
  • Indicate medium (Print vs. Web, etc.)


Author, Albert A. Title of Book. Location: Publisher, 2001. Print.

Journal Articles

Author, Albert A., Bernard B. Author, and Charles C. Author. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical xx.x (2001): xxx-xx. Print.

Chapters from Books

Author, Albert A.  "Title of Chapter." Title of Book. Ed. Bernard B. Bohm. 2nd ed. Vol. 8. Location: Publisher, 2001. xxx-xx. Print.

Electronic Resources

Online periodical from databases:

Author, Albert A., Author, Brandon B., and Author, Charles C. "Title of Article."  Title of Periodical xx.x(2001): xx-xx. Academic Search Elite. Web. 18 June 2002.

Other online document:

Author, Albert A. "Title of Page."  Title of Web Site. Name of Web site owner/sponsor. Date of work. Web. 18 June 2002. 

For these examples, 18 June 2002 is the date the document was accessed.

MLA Style Guides in Snowden Library

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  
        7th ed.  New York: MLA, 2009.
        CALL NUMBER:  Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2009 [REFDESK]

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
        3rd ed.  New York: MLA, 2008.
        CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PN147 .G444 2008 [REFDESK]

Other MLA Style Web Sites

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

Citing Government Documents: MLA
University of Nebraska Kearney

Understanding MLA 7

MLA 7 Citing Online Sources

Frequently Asked OQuestions about MLA Style
Modern Language Association of America

Dr. Abel Scribe, PhD