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ENGL 201: World Literature (Martin Birky, Spring 2016): MLA

MLA style

The final authority for MLA is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed., 2009). The final authority for the bibliographic form used in your paper is your professor.

In-text MLA citations

  • Include the author's name with the page number in parentheses, e.g., (MacCannel 145)
  • If there is no author, use one or two words of the title, e.g., ("Freedom" 69)
  • For multiple works by the same author, include a short title with the name, e.g., (Bloom, "Afro-American" 10)
  • If there are multiple authors with the same last name, include the first initial, e.g., (C. Neubauer 120)
  • Biblical in-text citations: identify the version you used, in the first in-text citation; for example: (New International Version, Gen. 3.15)

More MLA resources

Note also the following books in the reference room of the Good library.

  • Maimon, Elaine P., Janice H. Peritz, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2010. Print.
    Ref PE 1408 .M3366 2010

  • Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009. Print.
    Ref LB 2369.G53 2009

  • Modern Langauge Association of America. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Langauge Association, 2008. Print.
    Ref PN147.G444 2008

Books, articles & other works cited


McManus, Dean A. Leaving the Lectern: Cooperative Learning and the Critical First Days of Students Working in 
. Boston: Anker, 2005. Print.

Book with more than one author:

Broer, Lawrence R., and Gloria Holland. Hemmingway and Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice.
     Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2002. Print.

DVD or video:

The Yacoubian Building. Dir. Marwan Hamed. Strand Releasing, 2007. Film.

Journal article:

Biasio, Elisabeth. "Contemporary Ethiopian Painting in Traditional Style: From Church-Based to Tourist Art." 
African Arts 42.1 (2009): 14-21. Print.

Specialized reference book article:

Allen, Anita L. "Privacy in Health Care." Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Stephen G. Post. 3rd ed. Vol 4. New York: 
     Macmillan-Thomson, 2004. Print.

Biblical citation:

The English Standard Version Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha. Oxford: Oxford UP, 
    2009. Print.

Electronic works cited

Full text journal article from a database:

Yorganson, Jeremy B., and Deanna Linville. "Mental Health Among College Students: Do Those Who Need Services
      Know about and Use Them?" Journal of American College Health 57.2 (2008): 173-182. Academic 
Search Premier. Web. 26 Mar. 2009.

Online encyclopedia article, without an author:

"de Kooning, Willem." Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2009. Web. 26 Mar. 2009. 


Eaves, Morris, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, eds. The William Blake Archive. Lib. of Cong., 26 Mar. 2009. 
     Web. 30 Apr. 2009.

  • "Include a URL as supplementary information only when your reader probably cannot locate the source without it or when your instructor requires it" (MLA Handbook 182).

    Eaves, Morris, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, eds. The William Blake Archive. Lib. of Cong., 26 Mar. 2009. 
         Web. 30 Apr. 2009. <>.

    • If URL is required, list it immediately following the date of access, surrounded by angle brackets.

    Newspaper article:

    Pogue, David. "When Laptops Go Light." New York Times 26 Mar. 2009, natl. ed.: n. pag. Web.  5 Oct. 2009.