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MLA Works Cited Entry Format and Examples:

A Condensed Overview with the 2010 Update

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal 50.1 (2007): 173-96. EBSCOhost. Web. 27 May 2009.

Grabe, Mark. “Voluntary Use of Online Lecture Notes: Correlates of Note Use and Note Use as an

Alternative to Class Attendance.” Computers and Education 44 (2005): 409-21. SIRS Discoverer.

Web. 28 May 2006.


For additional directions on citing other types of sources, please see the MLA Formatting and Style Guide resource found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ via the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, or ask your instructor for assistance.


Important Reminder:

In addition to recording your source information on your works cited page, always cite your sources within your writing using parenthetical / internal citations to prevent committing plagiarism.

Parenthetical / Internal Citation of Sources

Sources have to be cited correctly within the works cited page of a research paper, but they also must be cited within the paper itself whenever information from them is used.  Information that needs to be cited includes summaries, paraphrases, quotes, graphics, charts, tables, and any ideas that originated from another source other than from you.  You do not need to cite information that is considered common knowledge: information that is commonly accepted or found in multiple general reference sources.  You also do not need to cite your own original ideas (your opinions, your unique solution to a problem, results of an experiment or survey that you conducted, illustrations that you created, charts or graphs that you prepared, etc.). Internal, or parenthetical, citations require the author’s last name and the page number from the original source.  If there is no author available, you should use the first title in the works cited entry for that source instead of the author’s name.  If there is no page number because the source is electronic and not print, no page number needs to be included.  If paragraph numbers or section numbers are present in place of page numbers, they should be used. The following are some examples of internal, or parenthetical, citations for works cited entries found on previous pages:

Personal Interview

Works Cited Entry:

Purdue, Pete. Personal Interview. 1 Dec. 2000.

Citation: (Purdue)


Works Cited Entry:

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. Denver: MacMurray, 1999. Print.

Citation: (Henley 55-57)


Works Cited Entry:

Buchman, Dana. “A Special Education.” Good Housekeeping 20 Mar. 2006: 143-8. Print.

Citation: (Buchman 143-8)

Works Cited Entry:

Krugman, Andrew. "Fear of Eating." New York Times 21 May 2007 late ed.: A1. Print.

Citation: (Krugman A1)


This handout is based on MLA’s Website, Purdue University’s OWL, and INFOhio’s Citation Guide: September 2010.


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