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Library DIY: Citing Sources in MLA Format

Find how to locate a book, eBook, and articles, evaluate and cite sources, and access library services.

What's in this guide?

How to cite:

Articles

  • journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Books/eBooks

  • print and online whole books, chapters, edited, and multivolume

Web pages

  • entire websites, single web pages, and no author or date

Gov't/Legal

  • cases, laws, and government documents

Media

  • social media, images, music, and video

Unpublished

  • email, interview, survey, class material, and letter

In-text

  • parenthetical referencing examples within the text
  • citing author names within the text

Authors

  • formatting of author variations (one or more, no named author, multiple sources by the same author) within the Works Cited

Ask a Librarian

  • ask for research or citing help at the Library Services Desk or by chat/text messaging, email, or phone

MLA style manual

Additional resources

Practice template in the 8th edition

Papers

Formatting citations in:

Microsoft Word

Google Docs

Apple Pages

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