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MLA Style Bibliography Citations

Electronic Sources

Basic format Web site:

Author/editor/creator. Web Site Title. Name of organization associated with the site. Copyright date or last update. Web. Access date <URL optional>.

Pritzker, Thomas J. An Early Fragment from Central Nepal.
 Ingress Communications. n.d. Web. 8 June 2001
(Note: This is an example of a Web site with no publication date.)

Arts-n-Crafts. 2000. Web.12 May 2002

Basic format Journal or Magazine:

Author. "Article Title." Journal or Magazine Title Volume number. Issue number (Year):
Number of pages/paragraphs or page range (if given). Name of Database. Web. Access date.

Heartney, Eleanor. "Contemporary Oracles." Art in America 83.5
(1995): 61. Resource Center Gold. Web. 12 Jan. 2002

"Time Was." Discover Dec. 2000: 53. Resource Center Gold. Web.
19 Jan. 2001 <>.

(Note: This is an example of an online magazine article with no author.)

Encyclopedia Database:

Title of database. Editor of project. (Date) Sponsoring Organization. Web. Access Date.

World Book Online. Smith, John. (2002). World Book. Web. 3 Oct 2002.


Print Sources

Book by a single author:

Author's name (last name first). Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, year. Print.

Tannen, Deborah. The Argument Culture: Moving from Debate to
. New York: Random, 1998. Print.

Book by two or three authors:

First author's name (last name first), additional author's name(s) (first name first).
Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, year. Print.

Short, Kathy Gnagey, and Lois Bridges Bird. Literature as a Way of Knowing. York, ME: Stenhouse, 1997. Print. 

Encyclopedia or Reference Book:

Author (last name first). "Title of Article". Title of book. Edition. Copyright date. Print.

"Mandarin". The Encyclopedia Americana. 15th ed. 1994. Print



MLA Style In-text Citations

Citing sources is a vital part the research paper writing process. This section will help you understand how citations are made within text. These examples are for MLA style in-text citations. Unless your teacher says you should use a different style of citation, you should follow the guidelines shown here.   

In text citations are usually located following sentence in which the information being cited is found. They should be inside the punctuation of your sentence. Examples of some common in-text MLA citations can be seen below.

One author – (Last name page #)
Example: (Tannen 40) 
Multiple authors – (Last name and Last name page #)
Example: (Short and Bird 125)
Article with no author – (“First 2-3 words of title page #)
Example: ("Time was" 6)
Website – (First item that appears in the bibliography citation, e.g. author, title, website name)
Example: ("Arts-n-Crafts")  
Page numbers are typically not included in website source citations. These in-text citation examples are for example sources found on the WMH Citing Sources webpage. More examples of in-text citations can be found at the Perdue On-Line Writing Lab (OWL) using the following link.