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MLA Style Comparison Guide: MLA Style - 7th Edition

Works Cited entries

The discipline of English, as well as many other disciplines in the humanities, use MLA citation format.  Below are some examples for formatting the Works Cited page.  Look in the drop-down menu for examples of in-text citations.

Single Author

  Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera. New York: Vintage, 1988. Print.      


Two & Three Authors

Casell, Kay Ann and Uma Hiremath. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2004. Print.

(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. New York: Golden, 1966. Print.

(or you may list all the authors in the order they appear on the title page, like so: Robbins, Chandler S., Bertel Bruun, and Herbert S. Zim.)

with Translator

Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Viking, 1996. Print.

A work (e.g., essay, short story) in an anthology or compilation.

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

An Introduction, a Preface,a Forward, or An Afterword in a Book

Hughes, Ted. Introduction. Collected Poems. By Sylvia Plath. Ed. Hughes. New York: HarperPerennial, 1992. 13-17. Print.

(where Hughes is the author of the Introduction, Plath is the author of the poems, and Hughes is also the editor. Page numbers are for the introduction)

Later Edition

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

Scholarly Edition


Eliot, George. Middlemarch. Ed. Bert G. Hornback. New York: Norton, 1977. Print.

Article in an Online Database

Hannah, Daniel K. "The Private Life, the Public Stage: Henry James in Recent Fiction." Journal of Modern Literature 30.3 (2007): 70-94. JSTOR. Web. 21 July 2011.

Article in Print Scholarly Journal

Hannah, Daniel K. "The Private Life, the Public Stage: Henry James in Recent Fiction." Journal of Modern Literature 30.3 (2007): 70-94. Print.

A Review

Bulson, Eric. "Dead Slowly." Rev. of The Modernist Papers, by Fredric Jameson. The Times Literary Supplement 25 July 2008: 426. Print.

(where Bulson is the reviewer)

Web document (non-periodical)

Farkas, Meredith. "Tips for Being a Great Blogger (and a Good Person)." Information Wants to Be Free. N.p., 19 July 2011. Web. 26 July 2011.

Citation for web documents should include the following elements, in this order, if they can be found on the website (5.6.2):

  • Name of the author, compiler, editor, etc. Follow author and editor rules.
  • Title of the work (italicized if a stand-alone work; in quotation marks if part of a larger work).
  • Title of the web site, italicized, if different.
  • Version or edition
  • Publisher or sponsor. If not known, type: N.p.
  • Date of publication (day,month, year). If not known, type:n.d.
  • Web.
  • Accessed date (day, month, year)