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How To Cite References Using MLA Style

Examples of MLA Citation Style for use in Works Cited Lists.

MLA Examples - Books

One author

Le Carre, John. The Constant Gardener. Scribner's, 2001.

Two authors

Hutcheon, Linda and Michael Hutcheon. Bodily Charm: Living Opera. U of Nebraska P, 2000.

Three or more authors

Plag, Ingo, et al. Introduction to English Linguistics. Mouton, 2007.

No author

Encyclopedia of Indiana. Somerset, 1993.

Corporate author

American Allergy Association. Allergies in Children. Random House, 1998.

Prepared by an Editor

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Edited by Margaret Smith, Oxford UP, 1998.


Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd ed., Pearson, 2004.


Quintilian. Institutio Oratoria. Translated by H. E. Butler, vol. 2, Loeb-Harvard UP, 1980.


Austen, Jane, and Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Quirk, 2015. Google Books,

Chapter, essay or article in a collection

Harris, Muriel. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One, edited by Ben Rafoth, Heinemann, 2000, pp. 24-34.

MLA Style Manual and The Owl at Purdue

Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook. 8th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2017. Web. March 3 2017.

MLA Style Guides