MLA Citation

The following sample citations show the format for the Works Cited list placed at the end of a paper. If a source you have used differs from the samples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition. The MLA Handbook can also be consulted for intricate rules concerning in-text citation. Copies are available in Permanent Reserves and at the Research Help Desk in Kennedy Library, room 111. Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2009 (Ref).

MLA calls for hanging indentation, as seen in the examples, and the entire list should be double-spaced, both within and between entries (MLA Handbook, 7th ed., p. 131).

7th Edition MLA standards require explicit format information. For most citations this will be simply Print or Web.

Articles (print)

Article in a journal (Following MLA 7th ed., p. 137)
Doe, Jane. “Incidental Toxins and Deer Mortality in Central Park.” Pesticides and Urban Ungulates 44.12 (2005): 21-35. Print.
Article in a magazine (Following MLA 7th ed., p. 143)
Doe, John. “Welders Unite the Nation.” Aviation Weekly 7 Dec. 1941:26-28. Print.
Article in a newspaper (Following MLA, 7th ed., p. 142)
Friedkin, Blair. “Delicious Recipe for Exorcism Soup.” New York Times 31 Oct. 1974: D1. Print.

Books (print)

Book by single author (Following MLA 7th ed., p.149)
Hoffa, James. Solid Cement Mortuary Designs. New York: East River Press, 2009. Print.
Book by two or more authors (From MLA 7th ed. p. 154)
Broer, Lawrence R., and Gloria Holland. Hemingway and Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2002. Print.
Book with editor (From MLA 7th ed., p. 153)
Lestat, Fred., ed. Nightmares of the Sun and Infinity: An Anthology of Vampire Anxiety Dreams. Pennsylvania: Pallid Press, 2009. Print.
Chapter in an edited book (Following MLA 7th ed., p. 158)
Farrier, Sharon. “Rowing in the Sticks.” Transcendental Transport. Ed. Johan Faust and Dan Webster. Providence: Pandemonium Press, 2008. 11-32. Print.

Citing from a database

Journal article in online database (Following MLA 7th ed., p. 193)
Doe, Jane. “Reading to Possums in Central Park.” Poetry and Urban Wildlife 44.12(2008): 21-35. JSTOR. Web. 5 May 2010.
Magazine article in an online database (From MLA 7th ed., p. 193)
France, Anatole. “Pour la Paix, pour la Liberté.” New Age 5 Sept. 1907:297-98. The Modernist Journals Project. Web. 5 June 2007.

Citing from a work found only on the web.

The examples below are for works found ONLY on the web. For works cited on the web that also have related print versions, or versions in other formats, refer to the MLA Handbook, pp. 187-190).

News article with author (From MLA 7th ed., p. 186)
Quade, Alex. “Elite Team Rescues Troops Behind Enemy Lines.” Cable News Network, 19 Mar. 2007. Web. 15 May 2008.
News article without author (From MLA 7th ed., p. 186)
“Utah Mine Rescue Funeral.” Cable News Network, 21 Aug. 2007. Web. 21 Aug. 2007.
Web home page with no date (From MLA 7th ed., p. 186)
Liu, Alan, ed. Home page. Voice of the Shuttle. Dept. of English, U of California, Santa Barbara, n.d. Web. 15 May 2008.

Senior Projects

Cal Poly Senior Projects prior to Fall 2009 are available on microfiche, and should be cited as in the first example below. Senior Projects from Fall 2009 and later are digitally hosted on the institutional repository (DigitalCommons@CalPoly) and should follow the second example.

Before Fall 2009 (Following MLA 7th ed., p. 180 and p. 207)
Garcia, Hector. “To Be and Not to Be: Quantum Politics in the New Millenium.” Senior project, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2001. Microform.
Fall 2009 to the present (Following MLA 7th ed., p. 187)
Cunningham, Tierney, “An Abridged Visual History of Graphic Design.” Senior project, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2009. DigitalCommons@Calpoly. Web. 21 Aug. 2010.