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1 MLA Guide 1 MLA Documentation Any type of source not found in this guide may be looked up in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7 th edition), which can be found in the reference section of the NACC Library. The call number is [REF] LB 2369.G Print Books Book (with one author) Last Name, First Name of Author. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Smith, John. Capital Punishment: A Fresh Look. New York: Macmillan, Print. Book (with two authors) Last Name, First Name of First Author, and First Name Last Name of Second Author. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Smith, John, and Jane Cooper. Testing Children with ADHD. Boston: Red School Press, Print. Book (with no author but an editor) Last Name, First Name of Editor, ed. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Jones, Cynthia, ed. Adoption: A Good Alternative. Austin: University of Texas Press, Print. Book by a Corporation/Organization Name of Corporation/Organization. Title of Book. Editor s Name. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. American Medical Association. The American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Charles B. Clayman. New York: Random House, Print.

2 MLA Guide 2 A Short Work (Article/Essay) in a Longer Work (Anthology)* Last Name, First Name of Author of Short Work. Title of Short Work. Title of Longer Work. Editor of Longer Work. Edition. Volume. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Page Numbers. Medium of Publication. Jones, Anita L. Why Video Games Promote Violence. Video Games. Ed. Cindy Silver. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, Print. *Sometimes works appearing in reference books or anthologies have been printed in another source first. Here is an example of an article that originally appeared in the journal PMLA and has since been reprinted in an anthology/reference book. Example of Reprinted Work with Same Title: Thompson, Ray. Slave Narratives. PMLA 99.1 (1999): Rpt. in African-American Literature. Ed. Robert Smith. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, Print. Example of Reprinted Work with Different Title: Bromwell, John. Twain s Use of Symbolism. Literary Criticism of Mark Twain. Ed. Cindy T. Miller. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Print. Rpt. of Twain s Use of Symbolism. PMLA 66.2 (2006): Entry from Reference Books Treat an entry in an encyclopedia or dictionary as you would an essay in a collection. If the entry is signed, give the author s name. When citing widely used reference books (like Webster s Dictionary or common encyclopedias), do not give full publication information. Japan. Encyclopedia Americana ed. Print. Gun Control. Merriam-Webster s Collegiate Dictionary. 11 th ed Print. If you are citing specialized or lesser-known reference books, like The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, then give full publication information. Allen, Jay. Euthanasia. Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Stacy Smith. 2 nd ed. Vol. 3. New York: Gale, Print.

3 MLA Guide 3 Here is an example from the lesser-known reference book The Statistical Abstract of the United States (there was no author listed): Large Metropolitan Statistical Areas Population: 2000 to ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States st ed. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, Print. Government Publication Name of Government Agency. Title of Publication. Edition. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. United States. Dept. of Labor. Child Care: A Workforce Issue. Washington: GPO, Print. Articles in Print Periodicals (Magazines, Journals, Newspapers) Print Magazine Article Last Name, First Name of Author of Article. Title of Article. Title of Magazine Date: Page Numbers. Medium of Publication. Sims, Michelle. Controlling Your Anger. Psychology Today 6 June 2003: Print. Print Scholarly Journal Article Last Name, First Name of Author of Article. Title of article. Title of Journal Volume Number.Issue Number (Year): Page Numbers. Medium of Publication. Hanks, Patrick. Euthanasia: Considering the Options. New England Journal of Medicine 31.6 (2005): Print. If no issue number is given, then the citation would be as follows: Hanks, Patrick. Euthanasia: Considering the Options. New England Journal of Medicine 31 (2005): Print. Article in a Newspaper Last Name, First Name of Author. Title of Article. Title of Newspaper Date: Page Numbers. Medium of Publication.

4 MLA Guide 4 Williams, Stanley. New Immigration Laws Cause Protests. New York Times 21 July 2003: D1+. Print. Online/Electronic Sources Online Books (ebooks) Last Name, First Name of Author. Title of ebook. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Title of Web Site. Date of Access <web site address>. Spitzer, Robert J. The Politics of Gun Control. New York: Chatham House, NetLibrary. 11 April 2005 <http://www.netlibrary.com>. Online Magazine Article from an Online Database Same as Print Magazine Article (page 3) except the name of the database will be added after the page numbers, the medium of publication will be Web (not Print), and a date of access will be added at the end of the citation (see example below) Sims, Michelle. Controlling Your Anger. Psychology Today 6 June 2003: Academic Search Elite. Web. 24 November Online Journal Article from the an Online Database Same as Print Journal Article (page 3) except the name of the database will be added after the page numbers, the medium of publication will be Web (not Print), and a date of access will be added at the end of the citation (see example below) Davidson, Keith. Globalization. Journal of Economics 24.3 (2002): Opposing Viewpoints. Web. 24 June 2009.

5 MLA Guide 5 Online Newspaper Article from an Other Online Database Same as Print Newspaper Article (page 3) except the name of the database will be added after the page numbers, the medium of publication will be Web (not Print), and a date of access will be added at the end of the citation (see example below) Williams, Stanley. New Immigration Laws Cause Protests. New York Times 21 July 2003: D1+. Newsbank. Web. 16 September Chapter/Article/Essay (Originally Printed in a Book) Reprinted on the Alabama Virtual Library Last Name, First Name of Author of Article/Essay. Title of Article/Essay. Title of Book. Edition. Volume. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Year of Publication. Title of Database. Medium of Publication. Date of Access. Wenner, Jann S. Guns and School Violence. School Violence. Detroit: Gale, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Web. 24 May Webpage (non-periodical) see pages of the MLA manual for more examples Last Name, First Name of Author of Website. Title of Page. Title of Web Site. Name of Publisher/Organization Affiliated with the Site, Date of Publication. Medium of Publication. Date of Access. Smith, John. Preventing Heart Attacks. Heart Disease. American Heart Association, 16 April Web. 14 September If no date of publication is given, use n.d. If no publisher is given, use n.p. Message Last Name, First Name of the Writer. Title of the Message (In Subject Line). Description. Date of Message. Medium of Delivery. Smith, Roger. In Response to Your Request to Interview Me About Tornadoes. Message to Bill Smothers. 20 August

6 MLA Guide 6 Other Various Sources Interview (That you conducted) Last Name, First Name of Person Being Interviewed. Kind of Interview. Date. Examples: Sims, Tom. Personal interview. 22 July Simpson, Lynn. Telephone interview. 12 January Jones, Lisa. interview. 4 May Speech or Lecture Last Name, First Name of Speaker. Title of Presentation. The Meeting and/or Sponsoring Organization. Location. Date. Description. Anderson, Jane. Water Pollution. Georgia Environmental Organization. University of Georgia. 17 March Lecture. DVD/Video (See the MLA Handbook for variations) Title of DVD/Video. Director/Producer. Distributor, Year of Last Release. Medium of Publication. Alcohol Use and Its Medical Consequences. Prod. Jim Smith. National Geographic, DVD.

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