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MLA Citation Guidelines

Eli Terry Jr. Middle School

MLA Style Guide 

Use the examples in this guide to write a works cited page for a research paper or project. The works cited page is the last page of the research paper. Please pay close attention to punctuation. There is a sample works cited page at the end of the packet.

Consult your English teacher or librarian with any further questions on how to cite resources.

Format Notes:

1. Title the page Works Cited.
2. Double-space the entire page.
3. For each source listed, begin the first line at the left-hand margin and indent each line that follows.
4. Arrange each entry alphabetically by the first word in each entry. The first word may be the author’s last name or the first significant word in the title. (Note: words such as “a,” “an,” or “the” that begin titles are not used to alphabetize the title.)
5. Underline or italicize the titles of books and periodicals. Titles of articles are enclosed in “quotation marks.”


Book with One Author:

Author’s last name, first name. Title of book. City of Publication: Publisher, Date.


Ritter, Lawrence S. The Story of Baseball. New York: William Morrow, 1999.

Book with Two Authors:

Author’s last name, first name, and author’s first name and last name. Title of book. City 

of publication: Publisher, Date.


Collier, James Lincoln, and Christopher Collier. With Every Drop of Blood: A Novel 

of the Civil War. New York: Bantam, 1994.

(Note: If you are citing a book written by more than two authors, add the remaining authors’ names and punctuate with a comma in between.)

Encyclopedia (The Big Sets):

“Title of article.” Title of encyclopedia set. Year of edition.


“France.” Encyclopedia Americana. 1993 ed.

Article in a Reference Book:

“Title of article.” Title of book. City of publication: Publisher, Date.


“Persephone.” The Illustrated Book of Myths: Tales and Legends of the World.

New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1995.

An Article in a Periodical:

Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Title of periodical. Day, Month, Year: 

Starting page number – ending page number.


Lemley, Brad. “Why is There Life?” Discover. Nov. 2000: 64-69.

An Article in a Newspaper:

 Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Title of newspaper. Date, Edition: 

Page number(s).


Green, Rick. “Bill Would Restrict Indian Land Claims.” Hartford Courant. 15 Feb. 

2002, West Central ed.: A17.


Film or Video Recording:

Title of video. Director’s name. Videocassette. Company, Date. Length of video.


Multiplication Rock. Tom Yohe. Videocassette. Scholastic Rock, Inc., 1995. 30 min.


Author’s last name, first name. Title of CD. CD-ROM. City of publication: Publisher,



A.D.A.M.: The Inside Story. CD-ROM. Atlanta, GA: A.D.A.M. Software, Inc., 1996.

A Sound Recording:

Last name of composer/performer, first name. “Title of recording.” Title of Medium. 

Manufacturer, Date.


John, Elton. “Tiny Dancer.” Greatest Hits, 1970-2002. Mercury, 2002.


The rule for citing electronic or Internet resources is to provide as much information and detail as possible. It may be that some information cannot be found. If that is the case, move on to the next numbered item. Information retrieved online should contain the following elements:

  1. Name of the author, if given;
  2. Title of the article, document or web page, in quotation marks;
  3. Title of the web site, online periodical, database or personal site (underlined);
  4. Volume number, issue number or other identifying number;
  5. Date of electronic publication or latest update;
  6. Date of access;
  7. The full URL or web address in brackets -

Professional or personal site:

Dawe, James. Jane Austen Page. 15 Sept. 1998


Lancashire, Ian. Home page. 28 Mar. 2002. 6 May 2005


A Document within a Scholarly Project or Information Database:

“Fresco Painting.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. 2002. Encyclopaedia Britannica. 8

May 2002. 

“Edgar Allan Poe.” Discovering Authors. Discovering Collection. 2003. Thomson

Gale. 10 May 2004.

 Gates, David. “Horsing Around at the Met: Star turns and stage-diving in the new 'War

 and Peace'.” Newsweek. 4 Mar. 2002. InfoTrac Student Edition. Thomson Gale. 

8 Apr. 2003 .

An Article in a Newspaper:

Turick, Kristen A. “School Chief May Leave City.” 2 May 2002. 

3 May 2002 


An Article in a Magazine:

 Nash, J. Madeleine. “The Geek Syndrome.” 6 May 2002. 10 May 2002. 


A Sound Recording or Sound Clip:

Bowers, Andy. “California: ‘Good-Bye E-Cars.’” All Things Considered. Natl. Public 

Radio. 13 Mar. 2003. 6 June 2003 


A Painting, Sculpture or Photograph:

Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig. Bathers Throwing Weeds. 1909. Museum of Mod. Art, New 

York. 4 June 2003 . 

A Map: 

“Average Value of Agricultural Products Sold: 1992.” Agricultural Atlas. U. S. Census 

Bureau. 5 May 2002. .

An Email Communication:

 Smith, John. “Re: English Assignment.” E-mail to Susan Davis. 15 Mar. 2002.