Citing Sources: MLA

Below are examples of 8th Edition MLA citations that are most commonly used by students at the College of DuPage. For additional examples and rules, please consult the MLA Handbook (8th ed., 2016).

Download MLA's practice template to create entries for your works cited list.

  1. Citing Books
  2. Citing Periodicals
  3. Citing Web and Multimedia Sources

Citing Books

A Book

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date. Title of web site or database, URL (if applicable).

Hill, Fred James, and Nicholas Awde. A History of the Islamic World. Hippocrene, 2003.

Bohlmeijer, Ernst and Monique Hulsbergen. A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness: Live in the Moment. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013. Ebook Library,

A Chapter or Article in an Anthology or Collection

Last name, First name. "Title of Chapter or Article." Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry. Title of the web site or database, URL (if applicable).

Stern, Katherine. "Toni Morrison's Beauty Formula." The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable, edited by Marc C. Connor, UP of Mississippi, 2000, pp. 77-91.

Berna, Serge, et al. "French Cinema is Over." Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures : A Critical Anthology, edited by Scott MacKenzie. U of California P, 2014, pp. 192-193,

An Article from an Encyclopedia

Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Title of Encyclopedia, edited by First Name Last Name, Edition if available, Publisher, Year. Title of the web site or database, URL (if applicable).

Kalyanaraman, Sriram. "Online Relationships." The Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media, edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, 3rd ed., Sage Publications, 1997.

Little, Thomas. "Multimedia." Computer Graphics Companion, edited by Jeffrey J. McConnell, Wiley, 2003. Credo Reference,

Tip: For articles in encyclopedias and other reference books that are arranged alphabetically, omit the volume number and page number(s) of the entry.
A Government Publication

Author or Government Agency issuing the publication. Title of Publication. Publisher, Date of publication, URL (if applicable).

United States, Government Accountability Office. Climate Change: EPA and DOE Should Do More to Encourage Progress under Two Voluntary Programs. Government Printing Office, 2006.

United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence among Medicare Beneficiaries. Government Printing Office, 2016,

HRAF Book Excerpt

Author(s) of book. Title of Book. Edition. Publisher, Year of publication. Human Relations Area Files Culture code microfiche collection.

Krige, Eileen Jensen. The Social System of the Zulus. 2nd ed., Shuter & Shooter, 1965. Human Relations Area Files FX20 microfiche collection.

Citing Periodicals

An Article in a Scholarly Journal

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Publication date, Page numbers. Title of the database (if applicable), URL or DOI (if applicable).

Davis, Robert, and Laszlo Sajtos. "Measuring Consumer Interactivity in Response to Campaigns Coupling Mobile and Television Media." Journal of Advertising Research, vol. 48, no. 3, 2008, pp. 375-91.

Wathington, Heather, et al. "A Good Start? The Impact of Texas' Developmental Summer Bridge Program on Student Success." Journal of Higher Education, vol. 87, no. 2, 2016, pp. 150-77. Academic Search Complete,

An Article in a Magazine
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.

Conley, Kevin. "The First Secretary of Climate Change." Popular Science, 4 Mar. 2002, pp. 54+.

Bosker, Bianca. "Big in Canada: Throwing Axes for Fun." The Atlantic, Sept. 2016,

An Article in a Newspaper

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.

Martinez, Jennifer. "Anarchists Organize to Spread the Word." The Wall Street Journal, 1 Apr. 2009, p. A8.

Kamin, Blair. "Architect Jeanne Gang's Vision to Expand from the Skyscraper to the Police Station." Chicago Tribune, 13 Nov. 2015,

Tip: If the newspaper is a less well-known or local publication, include the city name in brackets after the title of the newspaper.

Citing Web Sources

A Web Source

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the website, Name of the publisher, Date of publication, URL.

White, Lori. “The Newest Fad in People Helping People: Little Free Pantries.” Upworthy, Cloud Tiger Media, 3 Aug. 2016,

“Giant Panda.” Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute,

Tip: When giving a URL, copy it full from your Web browser, but omit http:// or https://

Citing Multimedia Sources

An Image

Lee, Jin. "Wave 1." College of DuPage Permanent Art Collection, College of DuPage, 2007,

Nutt, Jim. “What I've Got Is Much Worse.” University of Chicago: The Renaissance Society, 1984, ARTstor, .

Film, Television and Video

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, VICE Films, 2014.

The Lost World. Directed by Harry O. Hoyt, produced by David Shepard, Flicker Alley, 1925. Academic Video Online,

"Walking Distance." The Twilight Zone, directed by Robert Stevens, season 1, episode 5, CBS, 30 Oct. 1959. Netflix,

"How to Argue - Philosophical Reasoning: Crash Course Philosophy #2." YouTube, uploaded by CrashCourse, 16 Feb. 2016,

Sound Recordings

Gaillard, Slim, et al. "Opera In Vout (Groove Juice Symphony)." The Complete Jazz At The Philharmonic On Verve, 1944-1949, Universal Classics & Jazz, 1998. Music Online: Jazz Music Library,

Koenig, Sarah, "The Deal with Jay." Serial, season 1, episode 5, Accessed 9 Aug. 2016.

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