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MLA Citations. Updated 2014. Most Basic MLAs. Book (one author) Author name (last name first). Title of book (italicized). Where published: who published, when published. How published.

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mla citations

MLA Citations

Updated 2014

most basic mlas
Most Basic MLAs
  • Book (one author)
    • Author name (last name first). Title of book (italicized). Where published: who published, when published. How published.
    • Gorman, Elizabeth. Prairie Women. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986. Print.
  • Webpage
    • “Title of webpage.” Title of Website (italicized). Date Updated. Sponsor of Webpage. How published. Date found.
    • "Castles in Medieval Times." 2000. Owl and Mouse Educational Software. Web. 9 March  2003. 
  • Newspaper Article
    • Author name (last name first). “Title of article.” Title of newspaper (italicized). When published. How published. Date found.
    • Achenbach, Joel.  "America's river."  Washington Post.  5 May 2002. Web. 20 July 2003.
in text citations
In-text Citations
  • Use an introductory phrase with author name or website/article title
    • As James Loewen states in his book Sundown Towns, blah, blah, blah…
    • In the article “Racism in New York,”…
    • According to the webpage “1 in 3 African Americans are Arrested,”…
in text citations1
In-text Citations
    • If can not use some type of introductory phrase, put the author’s last name and page number in parentheses afterwards.
      • Blah, blah, blah (Loewen 3).
  • If no author, use the webpage/article title
    • Blah, blah, blah (“1 in 3”).
  • No matter what, your in-text citation must match the first part of your entry on the MLA Works Cited Page.
example of matching
Example of Matching
  • According to James Loewen, sundown towns were notorious for shoving African Americans out…(4).
  • Could not just use Sundown Towns…
  • MLA Works Cited
    • Loewen, James. Sundown Towns. New York: New Haven, 2014. (this is not the correct citation)
    • Note that 2nd, 3rd, etc. lines are indented; alphabetize your works cited.
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