MLA Format


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2009 Updates for MLA Formatting

The following changes are currently in effect:

  • No underlining. Italicize all titles.
  • URLs are no longer necessary. Include author, article title, and website name in italics (e.g., New York Times). You may include the URL if the article is not easily located using the information provided.
  • Publication medium should be added to all work cited entries. To the end of each entry add the material type: print, DVD, television, PDF file, email, etc.
  • New abbreviations should be used in place of information not available for your source: N.p. should be used when there is no publisher listed; n.d. when there is no date available; and n.pag. when page numbers are not used (no pagination).
  • Continuous pagination in scholarly journals is not longer an issue; volume and issue number are all that is required, regardless of pagination.

Models for a Works Cited Page

MLA refers to both the format of the paper and the format of the bibliography. This page contains information and links helpful for creating a bibliography. For help with in-text citation and format of papers, see your teacher, the librarians, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which the library owns, or our MLA links below.

In MLA, a bibliography is called a "Works Cited" page. Center the words "Works Cited" at the top, capitalized but not in quotations. The entries start at the margin of the page; if there are additional lines, they are indented five spaces or one tab. The entries should be alphabetized. Everything should be double-spaced.

Format examples:

Author's last name, first name. Title of Book. City of publication: Publisher, year of
      publication. Publication medium.

Magazine article
Author's last name, first name. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine. date: page numbers.
       Publication medium.

Author's last name, first name. "Title of document." Title of website. copyright date.
       Name of sponsoring organization. Publication medium (Web.) date of access
       (D/M/Y). <URL>. (optional)

MLA Links:

Owl Online Writing Lab: includes MLA formats for additional types of sources, as well as clear, excellent information on avoiding plagiarism.

Easybib: this free site is amazing for help creating works cited pages