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MLA Format: Brief Guide
Title your list Works Cited.
Arrange all works in one alphabetical list by author (or title if no author).
Double-space the entire list. (The examples below are single-spaced.)
Type the first line of each entry at the left margin; indent all following lines five spaces or one tab.
Do not include volume and issue numbers for magazine and newspaper articles (only for journal articles).
Include city of publication for books only.
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 1969.
Two or Three Authors
Atwan, Robert, Donald McQuade, and John W. Wright. Edsels, Luckies, and Frigidaires: Advertising the
American Way. New York: Dell, 1979.
Four or More Authors Name of first author and add "et al."
Book with an Editor
Fitzgerald, Terence J., ed. Police in Society. New York: H.W. Wilson, 2000.
Encyclopedia Article (no author)
"Glacier." New Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th ed. 1997.
(You can omit page numbers when articles are in alphabetical order.)
Encyclopedia Article (with an author)
Ebenstein, William. "Monarchy." Encyclopedia Americana. 2002 ed.
(You can omit page numbers when articles are in alphabetical order.
Encyclopedia Article (online database)
"Glacier." Encyclopaedia Britannica Online School Edition. 2005. South Pasadena High School Lib., South Pasadena, CA. 3 Nov. 2005 <http://school.eb.com>.
Jones, Harriet. "Free Information." History Today 50 (2000): 18-19.
King, Stephen. "Will We Close the Door on Books?" Time 19 June 2000: 92.
La Ganga, Maria L., and Mark Z. Barabak. "Bush Seeking Out Non-GOP Voters." Los Angeles Times 17 Aug. 2000, final ed.:A20.
CQ Researcher (online database)
Hatch, David. "Drug Company Ethics." The CQ Researcher Online 13.22 (2003). South Pasadena High
School Lib., South Pasadena, CA. 23 Oct 2005 <http://www.cqel.com/cqresearcher>.
SIRS Knowledge Source (online database)
Use the same format as newspaper or magazine article, but add SIRS Researcher. South Pasadena High School Lib., South Pasadena, CA. 17 Oct. 2005 <http:sks.sirs.com>.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (online database)
Use the same format as for books, but add Gale Virtual Reference Library. South Pasadena High School
Lib., South Pasadena, CA. 17 Oct. 2005 <http://galenet.galegroup.com>.
Gale General Reference Center (online database from public library)
Sample, Herbert A. "Identity Theft Is among Fastest Growing White-Collar Crimes, FBI Says.
Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News. 12 Nov. 2001. General
Reference Center Gold Gale Group Databases. South Pasadena Public Lib., South
Pasadena, CA. 25 Oct. 2005 <http://www.infotrac.galegroup.com>.
Newsbank (online database from public library)
Use the same format as Journal or Magazine article but add: Newsbank. South Pasadena Public Lib., South Pasadena, CA. 7 Oct. 2005 <http://infoweb.newsbank.com>.
Samuels, Allison. "Hits Until the End of Time." Newsweek 23 Apr. 2001: 56. Newsbank.
South Pasadena Public Lib., South Pasadena, CA. 7 Oct. 2005
Author's last name, First Name (if known). Title of Web Page. Date published or last update (if known). Name of organization sponsoring the web site. Date you accessed the page <electronic address (URL)>.
Crystal, Ellie. Olmec Civilization. 23 September 2003. Ellie Crystal's Metalphysical andM Science Website. 25 September 2003 <http://www.crystalinks.com/olmec.html>.
For more information, consult:
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Sixth Edition. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003.