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MLA Style Examples
Please Note: These examples are for reference only. For complete style guidance, you must consult the MLA Handbook.

To Find
More Style Information
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.................REF DESK LB 2369 .G53 2009
(Kept at Reference Desk --3000 North; other copies in Stacks and Reference)
 
MLA information online............................................ http://www.mla.org/style
 
Format
·       The words “Works Cited” should be centered one inch from the top of the page.
·       There should be a running header one half inch from the top right corner (last name & page #).
·       Right and Left hand margins should be set at one inch.
·       The entire works cited page should be double spaced.
 
Style Examples

BOOK:
One author:
Radavich, David A.  America Bound: An Epic for Our Time. Austin: Plain View, 2007. Print.
 
Two or three authors:
Coleman, Linda S., and Robert Funk. Professional and Public Writing: A Rhetoric and Reader for Advanced Composition. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. Print.

More than three authors – Give the first author’s name only and add et al. ("and others") for the rest.  Or give all names in full in the order in which they appear on the title page.
 
ELECTRONIC BOOK:
 
Ronchi, Alfredo M. eCulture: Cultural Content in the Digital Age. New York: Springer, 2009. PDF file.
 
PERIODICAL ARTICLE:
           
Print:
Hanlon, Christopher. “Eloquence and Invisible Man.” College Literature 32.4 (2005): 74-98. Print.
 
From an Online Database:
Hanlon, Christopher. “Eloquence and Invisible Man.” College Literature 32.4 (2005): 74-98. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 11 Aug. 2009.
 
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE:
 
Leggin, Jessica. “Grading System Based on More Than Just Effort.” Daily Eastern News [Charleston] 2 Apr. 2009: A1+. Print.
 
FILM OR VIDEO:
A Place in the Sun. Dir. George Stevens. Perf. Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor. 1951. Paramount, 2001. DVD.
 
A WORK IN AN ANTHOLOGY:
Shepherd, Reginald. “The Tendency of Dropped Objects to Fall.” American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. Ed. Cole Swensen and David St. John. New York: Norton, 2009. 380-81. Print.
 
ENTRY IN A WIDELY USED REFERENCE BOOK (such as a general encyclopedia)
“Nazism.” The World Book Encyclopedia. 2005 ed. Print.
 
ENTRY IN A SPECIALIZED REFERENCE BOOK:
Stanton, Michael N. “Hobbits.” J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. Ed. Michael D.C. Drout. New York: Routledge, 2007. Print.

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION:
United States. Cong. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Modern Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. 109th Cong., 2nd sess. S. Hrg. 562. Washington: GPO, 2006. Print.

WEBSITE:
The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 20 Aug. 2009.
 
Academic Calendar 2009-2010. Eastern Illinois University, 2009. Web. 20 Aug. 2009.
 
WORK PUBLISHED ON A WEBSITE:
Hylton, Jeremy, comp. “Measure for Measure.” The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The Tech, 1993. Web. 20 Aug. 2009.

PARENTHETICAL REFERENCES:
Parenthetical references in the body of your paper usually take the form of the author’s last name and a page reference.  For example, the reference (Radavich 68) refers to information derived from page 68 of the book cited above.  Parenthetical references must correspond to specific sources in the list of works cited.
The Writing Center
For assistance with writing research papers, please contact:
The Writing Center
3110 Coleman Hall
217-581-5929.
http://www.eiu.edu/~writing/
This guide is produced by Booth Library in cooperation with The Writing Center.