Q. How do I cite in MLA?
This table shows some of the top things to keep in mind when citing in MLA. At the bottom is a link to the MLA Quick Guide, which has example citations for the most common types of sources. You can find even more information on our MLA Style guide!
|At the top of the citations page...||Works Cited|
Capitalize all the main words in titles: "Focusing 'Upstream' to Address Maternal and Child Health Inequities: Two Local Health Departments in Washington State Make the Transition." Maternal and Child Health Journal
|Period or comma?||
Periods after author name(s), title, page numbers, and at the end of citations.
Commas after publisher, year (if page numbers), periodical title, volume, number, and database.
|Italics||Italicize book titles, databases, and periodicals.|
|DOI, permalink, or URL?||Use the DOI if one is provided. If no DOI, look for a permalink. If no permalink, use the URL from the address bar.|
Two authors: Gibbs, Jewelle T., and Larke Huang.
Three or more authors (list the first author's name, then et al.): Franco, Robert, et al.
|In text citations||
One author: (Walker 194)
Two authors: (Dorris and Erdrich 23)
Three authors: (Bradley et al. 42)
When there is no author, use the first word or two of the title in italics: (Study Finds 3)
When there is no page number, just use the author name(s)
For more examples see pages 54-58 and 116-117 of the MLA Handbook.
If Allport is quoted in Nicholson and you did not read Allport, list Nicholson in your works cited. In the text, use the following citation:
Samuel Allport admitted that Edmund Burke was an "extraordinary man" (qtd. in Nicholson 450).
MLA Handbook, p. 124