Citing Sources in MLA and not sure where to start? VCSU Library can help with that! Please use this page for examples of how to cite in text and in the bibliography in the MLA style. See attachments for more examples and a sample MLA paper. 


In Text Citations


Insert authors and page numbers cited in the body of the text. All sources cited in the text must be included in the alphabetical reference list at the end of the study.

Direct Quotation (Surname Page Number)
Two Authors (Surname1 and Surname2 Page Number)
3 or More Authors  (Surname1, et al. Page Number)
No Page Numbers (i.e. website) (Surname) 
Indirect Source (qtd. in Surname Page Number)
Unknown Author ("First portion of title" Page Number) 



Bibliography 

All MLA citations follow this basic template: 

Author. Title of source. Title of container, other contributors, version, number, publisher, publications date, location. 

Print Book Last Name, First Name Middle Initial. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Year. 
e-Book Last Name, First Name Middle Initial. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Year. Database name, URL. Date of Access.
Chapter in an Edited Book Last Name, First Name Middle Initial. "Title of Chapter." Title of Book, edition, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Pages.
Journal Article Last Name, First Name Middle Initial. "Title of Article." Name of Journal, vol. number, issue number, year, pages. Name of Database, doi or URL. Date of Access.
Class Lecture Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of PowerPoint Presentation." Title of Course, Date of PowerPoint presentation, Valley City State University. Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.


Online Resources

MLA Citation Guide



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