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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research papers, 8th ed.
Sample Works Cited List Citations

MLA 8th edition has many changes, however, these changes make citing easier once you get the hang of it! Below are some typical citations you may use in your writing. For extended information on the changes to MLA, please visit and see our presentation on the changes here.

Most of your MLA questions can be answered by following the basic rules of MLA and the format below (please see the Purdue Online Writing Lab website or our presentation for further explanation on MLA “containers”).

Basic MLA citation format:

Author. Title. Title of container, Other contributors (translators or editors), Version (edition),

Number (vol. and/or no.), Publisher, Publication Date, Location (pages, paragraphs URL or DOI). 2nd container’s title, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location, Date of Access (if applicable).

Book by a single author:

King, Stephen. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. Grant, 1982.

Book by two or more authors:

Pratchett, Terry and Neil Gaiman. Good Omens. Gollancz/Workman, 1990.

Book by a corporate author:

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

Edited book or anthology

Larson, Gary. “Runaways.” Wiener Dog Art: A Far Side Collection, edited by Jake Morrisey,

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1990, p. 60.

Article or chapter in edited book or anthology:

Vásquez, Manuel. A. "Grappling with the Legacy of Modernity: Implications for the Sociology

Of Religion." Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of

Religion, edited by Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Leveitt, and David Smilde, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 23-42.


Chapter in a volume in a series:

Fairclough, Norman, and Ruth Wodak. “Critical Discourse Analysis.” Discourse Studies: A

Multidisciplinary Introduction, edited by Teun van Dijk, vol. 2, Sage, 1997, pp. 258-284.


Article in a reference book:

   Tolchinsky, Liliana. "Childhood Conceptions of Literacy." Handbook of Children's Literacy, edited by Terezinha Nunes and Peter Bryant, 2004, pp. 11-29. 

Magazine article:

   Verini, James. "The Tunnels of Gaza." National Geographic Dec. 2012, pp. 673-674. 

Newspaper article:

   Hennigan, W. J. "FAA Grounds Entire Fleet of Boeing 787s." Los Angeles Times 17 Jan. 2013, p. A1. 

Motion picture 

L        Lucas, George, director. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977.

Youtube Video

“H   Horse Playing with Rubber Chicken.” YouTube, uploaded by Weedor, 8 January 2017,


Comment on a Website, Article, Blog, or Internet Video

       Julianne R. Comment on “Breath of the Wild: Karaoke Grumps – PART 17 – Game Grumps.” ​YouTube, 28 Mar 2017,

Episode from a TV series

   “Sophia’s Choice.” Golden Girls, written by Susan Harris, directed by Terry Hughes, National Broadcasting Company, 1989. 

Music Recording

   MacDonald, Audra. “Aria.” Beauty and the Beast, Walt Disney, 2017. 


   “Contributing Factors and Prevention." National Eating Disorders Association, Accessed 17 Jan. 2013. 

Blog post

   Kelly, Tamara. “Hookin on Hump Day #137: Link Party for the Yarny Arts.” Moogly, 17 Mar 

         2017, Accessed 30 Mar. 2017.

E-mail message

P         Potter, Morgan. "Re: Community Meeting Next Tuesday." Received by William Tell, 15 Nov.


Personal Interview

   Ramirez, Zelda. Personal interview. 1 February 2013.

Published Interviews

Gaitskill, Mary. Interview with Charles Bock. Mississippi Review, vol. 27, no. 3, 1999, pp. 129-50


“Lunar Interlude V: Reunion Tour – Part 2.” The Adventure Zone, episode 59, from Maximum

Fun, 23 Mar 2017,

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