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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

MLA formats 7th Edition Print Page

MLA Work Cited Formats

Print: For information from printed books and articles.

Online Database: For information from the library's databases.

Web sources: For information on web pages.

Purdue MLA Work Cited page 


Which MLA Edition are you using?

In September of 2016 the MLA started using the 8th Edition and changed the format for citations on your work cited page. Make sure you know whether your teacher prefers the MLA 8th or the MLA 7th format before making your citations.

The citation tools in the databases may make either format or both. Ask a librarian if you are confused.


How to format your MLA (7th Edition) work cited page

MLA 7th edition

General Format for books

Author Last Name, Author First Name. Book Title. Publisher's city: Publisher's name, Copyright year. Print.

General format for periodical

Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Article Title." Periodical Name. Volume Number (if given), Issue number (if given). Date of article (day, month, year): Page numbers. Print

General format for web page

Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Article Title." Web site. Publisher's name, Date of article (n.d. if none). Web. Date of access. <http://www.sitename.domain>

Some tips for creating your work cited page

  • The format is double spaced, and half inch hanging indent. Press Ctrl-T on your keyboard to automatically set the hanging indents.
  • If your article has no identified author leave the author part blank.
  • Add the URL of a web page if you think the person reading it will not be able to find the page or if it is required by the instructor.
  • Titles of books and periodicals and name of web sites are in italics.
  • Most databases have citation tools that will create your citation. Be sure to double check that the format is correct.

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