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1 Citing Resources: MLA Guidelines for Electronic and Print Sources 2011 An Abbreviated Guide for Scottsdale Community College Students While MS Word 2007 and other online resources including databases offer automatic MLA formatting tools for citations, the results are not always accurate or complete. If you use these tools, it is important to double check their accuracy against a style sheet such as this. I. Electronic A. Sources from SCC Library Databases/Subscription Services Magazine Article from a Database Last Name, First Name. Title of Article. Magazine Title date: page number(s). Name of Database. Web. Date accessed. Journal Article from a Database Last Name, First Name. Title of Article. Title of Publication volume.issue (year): page number(s). Name of Database. Web. Note date in the following manner: day abbreviated month year. e.g., 28 Aug Date accessed. Newspaper Article from a Database Last Name, First Name. Article Title. Newspaper (omit a, an, the) date, edition (if available): page number(s) (include section letter, if available). Name of Database. Web. Date accessed. Book from Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center Last Name, First Name. Article Title. Title of Book. Ed. First Name Last Name. City: Publisher, Year. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Capitalize all words in titles of sources with the exception of articles, prepositions, and conjunctions that do not begin the title. Center. Web. Date accessed. Journal Article from Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center Last Name, First Name. Article Title. Title of Journal volume.issue (year): page number(s). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Web. Date accessed. For online resources that do not provide page numbers, use n. pag. Article from CQ Researcher Last Name, First Name. Article Title. CQ Researcher volume.issue (year): page number(s). CQ Press. Web. Date accessed.

2 B. Online Resources Cited Only on Web (Not from a Database) Scholarly Journal Online Last Name, First Name. Title of Article. Title of Journal volume.issue (year): page number(s) if available. Web. Date Accessed. <URL (if necessary to locate article or required by instructor)>. Web Site Title of Web Site. Ed. Editor s name (if available). Sponsoring Agency, Institution or Publisher, date of last update or publication. Web. Date Accessed. <URL (if necessary to locate article or required by instructor)>. Document or Web page within a Web Site/Online Periodical Last Name, First Name. Title of Web Page. Title of Web Site or Periodical. Sponsoring Agency or Publisher, date of last update or publication. Web. Date accessed. If no publisher is listed, use N.p. If no date of update is listed, use n.d. Scholarly Project Last Name, First Name, ed. (if available). Name of Project or Database. Name of Sponsoring Institution, date of last update or publication. Web. Date accessed. Online Book with Print Publication Information (E-book or Scanned Book from Online Database) Last Name, First Name. Title. Ed. First Name Last Name (if available). City: Publisher, year originally published. Name of Database (if available). Web. Date accessed. If article skips pages, write beginning page number and plus sign (4+). Government Publication Online Government. Department Name. Office, Agency or Bureau Name. Title. Date of publication (if available). Web. Date accessed. A Work on the Web Cited with Publication Data for another Medium besides Print Title of Work. Dir. First Name Last Name. Perf. First Name Lat Name (if applicable). Original Publisher, year. Title of Website, Service or Database. Web. Date accessed.

3 II. Print A. Books Book by Single Author Last Name, First Name. Title of Book: Subtitle (if available). City: Publisher, year. Print. Two or More Works by the Same Author --. Title. City: Publisher, year. Print. (Use same pattern for all types of citations.) See page 6 for example in context of Works Cited page. Book by Two or More Authors (with Example of Series Name) Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title. City: Publisher, year. Print. Series Name (if available). Book by More Than Three Authors (with Example of Later Edition) Last Name, First Name, et al. Title. 2 nd ed. City: Publisher, year. Print. An Anthology (or Compilation) Last Name of Editor, First Name, ed. (or comp.)title. City: Publisher, year. Print. Work in an Anthology Last Name, First Name. Work Title. Anthology Title. Ed. Editor s First and Last Name. Vol. # (if available). City: Publisher, year. Page number(s) of entire piece. Print. Article in Reference Book Arranged Alphabetically Last Name, First Name (if available). Title of Entry. Title of Reference Book. Edition. Date. Print. B. Other Print Sources Magazine Article Last Name, First Name. Title of Article. Magazine Title date: page number(s). Print. Journal Article Last Name, First Name. Title of Article. Title of Publication volume.issue (year): page number(s). Print. Newspaper Article Last Name, First Name. Title. Newspaper (omit a, an, the) date, edition (if available): section and page number(s) (including section letter, if available). Print. To include more than one work from an anthology, cite the anthology itself as an edited book. Then cross reference it in abbreviated citations of individual works. See page 6 for an example.

4 B. Other Print Sources (Cont.) Government Publication with No Author Government. Agency Name. Title of Document. City: Publisher, year. Print. A Review Last name, First Name of Review Author (if available). Title of Review (if available). Rev. of Title of Work Reviewed, by First Name Last Name of Work Author. Title of Publication Date: page number(s). Print. Published Interview Last Name of Interviewee, First Name. Interview by Interviewer s Name (if available). Title of Article. Title of Publication Date: page number(s). Print. An Introduction, Preface, Forward or Afterword. Last Name, First Name. Name of section cited (i.e., Forward). Title of Complete Work. By First Name Last Name of Work s author. City: Publisher, date. Page number(s). Print. III. Miscellaneous Interview Conducted by Researcher Last Name of Person Interviewed, First Name. Personal (or telephone or ) interview. Date of interview. Television or Radio Program Title of Episode or Segment (if available). Title of Program. Name of Network. Call letters of station, City (if available). Broadcast date. TV. Cite a television or radio show on DVD or videocassette as above but include original release date if relevant as well as medium. Streaming Video or Audio on the Web Title of Work. Dir. First Name Last Name. Perf. First Name Last Name (if applicable). Original Publisher, year. Title of Website, Service or Database. Web. Date accessed. Film Title. Dir. Director s First Name Last Name. Perf. Performer s Name(s). Use italics to denote the title of a feature film, audiobook or album. Use quotation marks to indicate a short film, song, poem or lecture. Distributor, year. Film (or DVD).

5 IV. Parenthetical (In-Text) Citations Students using MLA format briefly credit a source with parenthetical citations in the text of an essay and also provide complete access information for each source in the Works Cited list. For example, the same source will appear in the text of your paper (indicating author and page number, if available)... Gil Evans and Miles Davis collaborated on Sketches of Spain, recorded in November 1958 and March 1960 (Raether 535). or Keith Raether notes that Sketches of Spain, recorded in November 1958 and March 1960, resulted from collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis (535). as well as in your Works Cited list (providing all citation information): Raether, Keith. Coltrane s Sound. Southern Review 43.3 (Summer 2007): Wilson Web. Web. 26 Aug For in-text citations of a work with no author, use an abbreviation of the title: ( Jazz in Arizona 4). For an electronic source that numbers its screens or paragraphs rather than pages, give the author s last name and par. or screen separated by a comma: (Guilder, screen 4) or (Miles, par. 17). Parenthetical citations If a work has no page, screen or paragraph numbers, cite the title and appear before the punctuation that author within the text, eliminating the need for parenthetical citation: concludes the sentence Kurosawa s Rashomon was one of the first Japanese films to attract a (name #). Western audience. For multiple titles from the same author, use name and abbreviated title: (Saunders, History of Jazz 24). Provide credit for indirect sources as well: (qtd. in Saunders 17). V. Formatting the Works Cited Page Place the page number in the upper right corner ½ inch from the top of the page and continue numbering from the body of the paper (use a header). Center the title, Works Cited, one inch from the top of the page in plain font (no bold, italic, underlined or large fonts). Use one-inch margins on all sides. Use hanging indention for all entries (begin each entry flush with left margin; subsequent lines begin ½ inch from left margin). Alphabetize entries by first word in entry, ignoring a, an, the, or Rev. Double space the entire Works Cited document both between and within entries. SEE REVERSE FOR A MODEL WORKS CITED PAGE

6 A Model Works Cited Page for Scottsdale Community College Students Your Last Name 6 Works Cited Garrick, David, ed. Jazz Age 1920s. 5 Jan Web. 21 Aug The Great Gatsby Betty Field, Macdonald Carey. Motion Picture Television Photo Archive Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Aug Horowitz, Joseph. Artists in Exile: How Refugees from 20 th Century Note hanging indent. First line against the margin; subsequent lines tabbed in 5 spaces. War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts. New York: HarperCollins, Print Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall. New York: Norton, Print. Kelly, Joseph, ed. The Seagull Reader. New York: Norton, Multiple works by the same author. Alphabetized by title of work. Print. Lawrence, D. H. The Horse Dealer s Daughter. Kelly Print. Leslie, Jimmy. "The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Abbreviated anthology entry (Lawrence); refers to Kelly entry. Festivals" Guitar Player 42.9 (Sept. 2008): MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Aug McKenzie, Andrea. Jazzing It Up: the 1920s. Children s Literature. University of Waterloo, n.d. Web. 21 Aug Olsen, Tillie. I Stand Here Ironing. Kelly Print. Ratliff, Ben. Echoes of Monk, 50 Years Later. New York Times 7 Sept. 2008, late edition: AR 62.

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