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Dixon - Explore Computing Innovation: MLA 8 Citation Help

Citing Your Sources - MLA 8/9

Handout: MLA 8/9 Citation Guide

Overview Video

Parenthetical Citations

Practical Tips

Practical Tips for MLA 8 Works Cited

  • EVERY citation will have at least one Title of Container in italics.  This is the title of the book, e-book, webpage, magazine, newspaper, database, etc.  Database articles will have 2: the original source and the name of the database.
  • EVERY citation should end with a period.
  • When citing BOOKS, everything you need is on the Title Page, except the Date of Publication, which is on the back of the title page.  You can ALSO get everything you need from the library catalog.
  • Citations are alphabetized by the first significant letter in the citation.  Skip over A, The, etc.
  • Works Cited page should be double spaced and use hanging indent.
  • All Databases and MANY e-book and major news websites will INCLUDE a citation.  Look for it ("Cite This", "Citation Tools") to copy & paste, check it for accuracy, edit if necessary.
  • Shorten long URLS, leave off “Date Accessed”.

Handout: Works Cited Formatting Checklist

Video: Formatting Your Works Cited



MLA Guides for Students

OWL is a great resource for MLA Help.

Handout: Citing a Book in MLA 8

Video: Citing a Book (Specialized Encyclopedia Article)

Handout: Citing a Website with MLA 8


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