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MLA Citations

general notes & special cases

O Citations should be double-spaced

but you should NOT skip lines between citations. O If your citation is more than one line, the subsequent lines should have a hanging indent of 5 spaces (i.e. tab key)

O Citations should be listed

alphabetically by the author name or whatever other information is listed at the beginning of the citation O More than one work by the same author? See the OWL. O You must list the medium of publication at the end of every citation (print, web, film, cd, dvd, etc.)

O All words in the titles of sources should

be capitalized except for articles (the, of, an, etc.) unless the article is the first word of the title O Use italics for the titles of books, magazines, films, etc. (long works) and quotation marks for songs, poems, articles, etc. (short works)

O URLs for web sources are not required.
O Any article retrieved from an online

database should include the name of the database in the citation, in italics. O Any information that cannot be found for an online source should be noted using abbreviations like the following: n.p. for no publisher, n.d. for no date of publication

O Khan, Uzma Aslan. Trespassing. New

York: Picador, 2003. Print. O Persepolis. Dir. Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi. Perf. Chiarra Mastrionni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darieux. Sony Pictures Classics, 2007. DVD.

O Lunsford, Andrea A. and John J.

Ruskiewiecz. Everythings an Argument. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. Print.

(Book with two authors, an edition of a book.)


O Author last name, Author first name.

Article Title. Journal Title Volume # Publication Date: Page numbers. Database Title. Web. Date of Access. O Langhamer, Claire. Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth Century England. Historical Journal 50.1 (2007)17396. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

O Authors Name or Posters Username.

Title of Image or Video. Media Type Text. Name of Website. Name of Websites Publisher, date of posting. Medium. Date retrieved. O thelonelyisland. Cool Guys Dont Look at Explosions. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 5 June 2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.

O Citing a tweet (OWL)
O Citing an image O Hanging indents


O In groups, write up citations for the

materials given to you, and turn the citations in to me.