As you're researching, get in the habit of writing down as much publication information as you can on each source. Not sure what to include?  Some good choices include:

  • Authors and/or editors
  • Titles
  • Publisher
  • URLs
  • Dates

Some of the library databases, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest have a citation button, which will automatically create MLA citations for each source.

Here are two simple examples of MLA citations.


Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. New York: Penguin, 2002. Print.


Garcia, Antero. "Beautiful Dark Twisted Pedagogy: Kanye West And The Lessons Of Participatory Culture." Radical Teacher 97 (2013): 30-35.

Because there are so many different types of publications, you will likely need further guidelines on how to cite your book, website, article, film, interview, etc. You can find that information in the MLA Handbook or online:

  • MLA Handbook: available at the Merrill-Cazier Library Information Desk
  • The OWL Guide to MLA Style: MLA guide from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

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