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MLA Style Guide: 8th Edition: Works Cited examples

Works Cited entries: examples

Remember, the way the citation looks in your Works Cited is no longer based on the type of source, but rather on what information you have about the source. These examples show you how to include various types of information, regardless of the type of source. 

Single Author

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera. Vintage, 1988. 

Nunberg, Geoffrey, editor. The Future of the Book. U of California P, 1996.

Baron, Naomi S. "Redefining Reading: The Impact of Digital Communication Media." PMLA, vol. 128, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 193-200.

United Nations. Consequences of Rapid Population Growth in Developing Countries. Taylor and Francis, 1991.

@persiankiwi. "We have report of large street battles in east & west Tehran now - #Iranelection." Twitter, 23 June 2009, 11:15 a.m., twitter.com/persioankiwi/status/2298106072.

Hollmichel, Stefanie. So Many Books. 2003-13, somanybooksblog.com.

NOTE: 'Author' is used loosely in MLA 8 - it "refers to the person or group responsible for producing the work. If the role of that person or group was something other than creating the work's main content, follow the name with a label that describes the role" (MLA 23). This also means it is now acceptable to use online handles or screen names as author names.

Two Authors

Barchas, Janine, and Kristina Straub. "Curating Will & Jane." Eighteenth-Century Life, vol. 40, no. 2, 2016, pp. 1-35.

Holland, Merlin, and Rupert Hart-Davis, editors. The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde. Henry Holt, 2000.

NOTE: Authors should be listed in the order they are listed on the title page.

Three or More Authors

Robbins, Chandler S., et al. Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. Golden, 1966.

Baron, Sabrina Alcorn, et al., editors. Agents of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein. U of Massachusetts P / Center for the Book, Library of Congress, 2007.

Translator, editor, or other contributors in addition to the author

Homer. The Odyssey. Translated by Robert Fagles, Viking, 1996.

"Hush." Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, performance by Sarah Michelle Gellar, season 4, episode 10, Mutant Enemy, 1999.

Other common descriptions include: Adapted by, Directed by, Edited by, Illustrated by, Introduction by, Narrated by.

NOTE: Use this convention when there are other contributors in addition to the author. If the contributor is the person responsible for producing the work, use the author convention in the first example above.

A work (e.g., essay, short story, article) within a container, such as an anthology, compilation, journal, magazine, etc.

Kimball, Jean. "Growing Up Together: Joyce and Psychoanalysis, 1900-1922." Joyce through the Ages: A Nonlinear View, edited by Michael Patrick Gillespie, UP of Florida, 1999, pp. 25-45.

Goldman, Anne. "Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante." The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, 2010, pp. 69-88.

Beyoncé. "Pretty Hurts." Beyoncé, Parkwood Entertainment, 2013, www.beyonce.com/album/beyonce/?media_view=songs.

NOTE: When including a URL, omit the http:// and https://

Multiple editions or versions

Blamires, Harry. The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide through Ulysses. 3rd ed., Routledge, 1996.

The Bible. Authorized King James Version, Oxford UP, 1998.

Scott, Ridley, director. Blade Runner. 1982. Performance by Harrison Ford, director's cut, Warner Bros., 1992.

Part of a series, multi-volume set, or periodical

Rampersad, Arnold. The Life of Langston Hughes. 2nd ed., vol. 2, Oxford UP, 2002.

Kafka, Ben. "The Demon of Writing: Paperwork, Public Safety, and the Reign of Terror." Representations, no. 98, 2007, pp. 1-24.

Has a DOI

Barlow, David H., and Katherine Ann Kennedy. "New Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment in Anxiety and Related Emotional Disorders: A Focus on Temperament." Canadian Psychology, vol. 57, no. 1, 2016, pp. 8-20. ProQuest, dx.doi.org/10.1037/cap0000039.

No DOI, but has a URL

Farkas, Meredith. "Tips for Being a Great Blogger (and a Good Person)." Information Wants to Be Free, 19 July 2011, meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2011/07/19/tips-for-being-a-great-blogger-and-good-person/. 

NOTE: When including a URL, omit the http:// and https://

More than one Publisher

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. Folger Shakespeare Library / Bodleian Libraries, U of Oxford / Harry Ransom Center, U of Texas, Austin, manifoldgreatness.org

No Publisher

The name of the publisher may be omitted in a few situations, including for a periodical (e.g. newspaper, journal), a self-published work, and a web site whose title and publisher are the same. For more exceptions, see the MLA Handbook.