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SHB WF 100: First Year Writing

Ann Mattis, Melissa Olson-Petrie, Erica Wiest

MLA Citation Resources

MLA recently published the 9th edition of the MLA Handbook, which replaces the 8th edition. Resources for both versions will be kept on this page throughout the Fall 2021 semester. Information that pertains to a specific edition is labelled appropriately.

For a complete list of specifics about MLA Style for both the reference list and in-text citations, please see the MLA Handbook. Use the links above for examples, tips, and further help.

Example Works-Cited-List Entries

These examples are for MLA Handbook, 8th Edition (2016).

Lastname, Firstname. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. Volume, no. Number, Year, pp. Pages. Name of Database, permalink URL.
Goldman, Anne. “Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante.” The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, 2010, pp. 69-88. JSTOR,
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.
Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Allyn and Bacon, 2000.
Lastname, Firstname. "Title of Chapter." Title of Book. edited by Editor(s), Publisher, Year, pp. Pages.
Harris, Muriel. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One, edited by Ben Rafoth, Heinemann, 2000, pp. 24-34.
Lastname, Firstname. "Title of Webpage." Title of Website, Date, URL.
"Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview." WebMD, 25 Sept. 2014,

*Citation examples taken from the MLA Handbook, 8th ed. and the Purdue Online Writing Lab*


  • Always follow any modifications to MLA Style provided by your instructor.

In-Text Citations

  • In-text, or parenthetical, citations indicate you are quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing someone else's work or ideas.
  • In-text citations should correspond to a source on your works cited page to help your reader find the original source used.
  • Placement depends on how you incorporate a source into your writing - there is more than one correct way to cite in-text.

In-Text Citation Resources

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