This section provides a quick resource for citing sources in papers using the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook (2016).
- Orientation to MLA
- Creating an MLA works cited page
- Short stories
- Electronic sources
- Government publications, encyclopedia entries
- Personal interviews, films, tv programs, and others
- Using MLA in–text citations
- Abbreviating references to your sources
MLA Documentation Guide
Works Cited page entry: Article
Article from a scholarly journal, with page numbers, read online from the journal's website
Shih, Shu-Mei. “Comparative Racialization: An Introduction.” PMLA, vol. 123, no. 5, 2008, pp. 1347-62. Modern Language Association, doi:10.1632/pmla.2008.123.5.1347.
PMLA provides DOI numbers, so this is used in this citation preceded by “doi:” instead of the url address. Also, given the enduring stability of PMLA’s page, no access date has been included, but it could be if the writer preferred.
Article from a scholarly journal, with multiple authors, without page numbers, read online from the journal's website
Bravo, Juan I., Gabriel L. Lozano, and Jo Handelsman. “Draft Genome Sequence of Flavobacterium johnsoniae CI04, an Isolate from the Soybean Rhizosphere.” Genome Announcements, vol. 5, no. 4, 2017, doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01535-16.
Article from a scholarly journal, no page numbers, read through an online database
Mieszkowski, Jan. “Derrida, Hegel, and the Language of Finitude.” Postmodern Culture, vol. 15, no. 3, 2005. Project MUSE, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/186557.
Article from a scholarly journal, with page numbers, read through an online database
Sherrard-Johnson, Cherene. “’A Plea for Color’: Nella Larsen’s Iconography of the Mulatta.” American Literature, vol. 76, no. 4, 2004, pp. 833-69. Project MUSE, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/176820.
Valenza, Robin. “How Literature Becomes Knowledge: A Case Study.” ELH, vol. 76, no. 1, 2009, pp. 215-45. Project MUSE. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/260309.
Article from a scholarly journal, by three or more authors, print version
Doggart, Julia, et al. “Minding the Gap: Realizing Our Ideal Community Writing Assistance Program.” The Community Literacy Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, 2007, pp. 71-80.
Raval, Amish N., et al. “Cellular Therapies for Heart Disease: Unveiling the Ethical and Public Policy Challenges.” Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, vol. 45, no. 4, 2008, pp. 593–601.
[The Latin abbreviation "et al." stands for "and others," and MLA says that you should use it when citing a source with three or more authors.]
Article from a webtext, published in a web-only scholarly journal
Butler, Janine. “Where Access Meets Multimodality: The Case of ASL Music Videos.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 21, no. 1, 2016, http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/21.1/topoi/butler/index.html. Accessed 7 June 2017.
Balthazor, Ron, and Elizabeth Davis. “Infrastructure and Pedagogy: An Ecological Portfolio.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 20, no. 1, 2015, http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/20.1/coverweb/balthazor-davis/index.html. Accessed 7 June 2017.
Article from a magazine, print version
Oaklander, Mandy. "Bounce Back." Time, vol. 185, no. 20, 1 June 2015, pp. 36-42.
Article from a magazine, read through an online database
Rowen, Ben. "A Resort for the Apocalypse." The Atlantic, vol. 319, no. 2, Mar. 2017, pp. 30-31. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,uid&db =aph&AN=120967144&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Article from a newspaper, read through an online database
Walsh, Nora. "For Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th, Tours, Exhibitions and Tattoos." New York Times, 27 May 2017, international ed. ProQuest, https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.library.wisc.edu/docview/1903523834/fulltext/71B144CD12054C76PQ/2?accountid=465.