There are two editions of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: MLA 7th and MLA 8th editions. Please check with your instructor regarding which edition you are to use.
For MLA 7th Edition: Use this research guide.
FOR MLA 8th Edition: Please refer to the OWL Purdue website.
Below are sample citations for the most common print resources, based on the 7thedition. Please refer to the M L A Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for clarification or additional information about citing other resources.
Basic Book Works Citation Format
Author's last name, Author's first name. Title of the Book. Location: Publisher, Year. Medium of publication.
Basic Journal Article Citation Format
Author's last name, Author's first name. "Title of the Article". Name of Publication. volume.issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.
Jenkins, Henry. Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture.
New York: New York UP, 2006. Print.
Book by Nongovernmental Agency
Institute of Medicine. Hidden Costs, Value Lost: Uninsurance in America.
Washington: Natl. Acad., 2003. Print.
Second or Subsequent Editions of a Book
Kim, Hesook S., and Ingrid Kollak, eds. Nursing Theories: Conceptual &
Philosophical Foundations. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2006. Print.
Chapter of an Edited Book
Smith, Tara. "No Tributes to Caesar: Good or Evil in Atlas Shrugged." Essays on
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Ed. Robert Mayhew. Lanham:
Rowman, 2009. 275-98. Print.
Knutson, John F., Christina R. Johnson, and Patricia M. Sullivan. "Disciplinary
Choices of Mothers of Deaf Children and Mothers of Normally Hearing
Children." Child Abuse & Neglect, 28.9 (2004): 925-37. Print.
Grunwald, Michael, and Michael Scherer. "The Main Streeters vs. the Wall
Streeters." Time 10 Feb. 2010: 30-31. Print.
Kritz, Francesca L. "Asthma Study Cites Misuse of Inhalers." Washington
Post 14 Jul. 2009: HE06. Print.
If the newspaper article has a page with a section letter, such as D1, include the section letter as part of the page number. If the article if in a section that is numbered and/or in a specific edition, include the name of the edition and/or the section number after the date and before the page number -- example: 26 Sept. 2010, late ed., sec. 4: 8. Note the edition comes first if you also have a section number.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
United States. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Librarians." Occupational Outlook Handbook. 2010-2011 ed.
Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2010. 270-273. Print.