How to format your paper using MLA guidelines
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Many of the humanities and English use MLA citation style.
The final authority for MLA is the Modern Language Association, specifically the MLA Handbook (8th ed., 2016). The final authority for the bibliographic form used in your paper is your professor.
This edition is a significant change from the 7th edition. See the page MLA Eighth Edition: What's New and Different for details.
Weaver-Zercher, Valerie. Thrill of the Chaste : The Allure of Amish Romance
Novels. Johns Hopkins UP, 2013. EBSCOhost,
Full text journal article from a database:
Kasdorf, Julia Spicher. “To Pasture: ‘Amish Forgiveness,’ Silence, and the West
Nickel Mines School Shooting.” Cross Currents, vol. 57, no. 3, Fall 2007,
pp. 328–347. Academic Search Premier,
Online encyclopedia article, without an author:
“De Kooning, Willem.” Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, 2014,
Website (Known publication date):
“Amish Population Profile 2016.” Amish Studies, 5 Aug. 2015,
Website (Unknown publication date):
“De Kooning, Willem.” Getty Union List of Artist Names Online,
subjectid=500000974. Accessed 8 Sept. 2016.
Online newspaper article:
Eckholm, Erik. “Prison Terms Are Reduced for Amish in Beard-Cutting Attacks.”
The New York Times, 2 Mar. 2015. NYTimes.com,
Nietz, Kerry. Amish Vampires in Space. Freeheads, 2014.
Book with more than one author:
Soldatov, Andreĭ, and Irina Borogan. The Red Web: The Struggle between Russia’s
Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries. PublicAffairs, 2015.
DVD or video:
Life of Pi. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2013.
Print journal article:
Salami, Gitti. “The Materiality of Cement in the Cultural Matrix of the Middle
Cross River Region.” African Arts, vol. 49, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 32–47
Print newspaper article:
Eckholm, Erik. “Prison Terms Are Reduced For Amish In Attacks.” The New York Times,
3 Mar. 2015, pp. A17–A17.
Specialized reference book article:
Fitzpatrick, Raymond. “Patient Satisfaction.” Cambridge Handbook of Psychology,
Health and Medicine, edited by Susan Ayers et al., Cambridge UP, 2007,
The English Standard Version Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments
with Apocrypha. Oxford UP, 2009.