How to Cite Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style
Online Citation Guide: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
- Basic Format (books): Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
- Basic Format (journals/magazines): Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.
- Basic Format (electronic resources): See OWL Citing Electronic Resources
- Name noted in sentence: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263)
- Name not noted in sentence: Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).
When to Include URL:
MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations:
- Web addresses are not static (i.e., they change often)
- Documents sometimes appear in multiple places on the Web (e.g., on multiple databases)
- Most readers can find electronic sources via title or author searches in Internet Search Engines
See OWL webpage on Citing Electronic Sources