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: Book
Book, written by one author, print version
Bordwell, David. Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging. U California P, 2005.
Britland, Karen. Drama at the Courts of Queen Maria Henrietta. Cambridge UP, 2006.
Card, Claudia. The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil. Oxford UP, 2005.
Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis. Norton, 1991.
Mallon, Florencia E. Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicholás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906–2001. Duke UP, 2005.
Book, written by more than one author, print verion
Bartlett, Lesley, and Frances Vavrus. Rethinking Case Study Research: A Comparative Approach. Taylor & Francis, 2016.
Flanigan, William H., et al. Political Behavior of the American Electorate. CQ Press, 2015.[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.]
Book, an edited anthology, print version
Olaniyan, Tejumola, and Ato Quayson, editors. African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory. Blackwell, 2007.
Book, edited, revised edition, print version
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. Edited by William L. Andrews and William S. McFeely, revised ed., Norton, 1996.
A play in an edited collection, print version
Shakespeare, William. The Comedy of Errors: A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Edited by Standish Henning, The Modern Language Association of America, 2011, pp. 1–254.
[Page numbers are included in this entry to draw attention to the play itself since this edition includes an additional 400 pages of scholarly essays and historical information.]
Bordwell, David. Foreword. Awake in the Dark: Forty Years of Reviews, Essays, and Interviews, by Roger Ebert, U of Chicago P, 2006, pp. xiii–xviii.
Chapter in an edited anthology, print version
Amodia, David, and Patricia G. Devine. “Changing Prejudice: The Effects of Persuasion on Implicit and Explicit Forms of Race Bias.” Persuasion: Psychological Insights and Perspectives, edited by T.C. Brock and C. Greens, 2nd ed., SAGE Publications, 2005, pp. 249–80.
Hawhee, Debra, and Christa Olson. “Pan–Historiography: The Challenges of Writing History across Time and Space.” Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric, edited by Michelle Ballif, Southern Illinois University Press, 2013, pp. 90–105.
Shimabukuro, Mira Chieko. "Relocating Authority: Coauthor(iz)ing a Japanese American Ethos of Resistance under Mass Incarceration." Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric, edited by LuMing Mao and Morris Young, Utah State UP, 2008, pp. 127–52.