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MLA Core Citation Elements
When deciding how to cite your source, start by consulting the list of core elements. These are the general pieces of information that MLA suggests including in each Works Cited entry. In your citation, the elements should be listed in the following order:
- Title of source.
- Title of container,
- Other contributors,
- Publication date,
Each element should be followed by the punctuation mark shown here. Earlier editions of the handbook included the place of publication, and required punctuation such as journal editions in parentheses, and colons after issue numbers. In the current version, punctuation is simpler (just commas and periods separate the elements), and information about the source is kept to the basics.
What's New in MLA Handbook?
"The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, published in 2016, rethinks documentation for an era of digital publication. The MLA now recommends a universal set of guidelines that writers can apply to any source and gives writers in all fields—from the sciences to the humanities—the tools to intuitively document sources."
Examples of MLA 8 Citations (Works Cited)
Austin Community College quick guide
Sometimes it's easier to work from examples. Download and print a 6-page pdf to SEE how MLA citation style looks and to guide you in creating your own Works Cited page. Note:The last page refers to Austin CC library resources, not MCC's.
MLA Handbook (Eighth edition)
Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2016
Publication Date: 2016 (Eighth edition)
The Library has copies of this handbook on reserve for students and tutors.
Please note: In the Spring of 2016, MLA published the eighth edition of its handbook. This version is significantly different than the previous version.
Formatting an MLA Research Paper
Free Citation Tools
Free apps and online tools can create reference lists, works cited, bibliographies, etc. in different citation styles.
Online tool with autofill feature.
This very popular tool is available free online or as a mobile app (that scans book barcodes) for Apple or Android devices.
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Double check the results you get using these tools. Remember as well that these sources are only as good as the information you type in to them! Also check that they reflect the latest version of MLA (8th edition).
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