MLA 8th Edition In-text Citation and Referencing Guide

In-text Citation of MLA
Based on MLA Handbook (8th ed.)
Author Title Publication

Category Rules/Examples
One Author Author’s Last Name describes … (Page).
Smith describes … (18).
… (Author’s Last Name Page).
… (Smith 18).
Two Authors First Author’s Last Name and Second Author’s Last Name stated … (Page).
Smith and Brown stated … (18).
…(First Author’s Last Name and Second Author’s Last Name Page).
…(Smith and Brown 18).
Three or
More Authors
First Author’s Last Name et al. insist… (Page).
Smith et al. insist … (18).
… (First Author’s Last Name et al. Page).
… (Smith et al. 18).
Organization
or
Government
as Author
Organization or Government Name warns … (Page).
NASA warns … (18).
… (Organization or Government Name Page).
… (NASA 18).
Works in an
Anthology
According to Author’s Last Name, … (Page).
According to Austen, … (18).
Note: This is Author’s Last Name NOT Editor’s Last Name
… (Author’s Last Name Page).
… (Austen 18).
Works
without Pages
Smith reported in … (“Full or Shortened Version of Works”).
Smith reported in … (“Learn Ancient Latin”).
… (Author’s Last Name).
… (Smith).

Works Cited of MLA

BOOKS
Category Rules/Examples
One Author Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title. Publication City, Publisher, Year of Publication.
Smith, David.
Learn Ancient Latin. Miami, Oxford University Press, 2017.
Two Authors First Author’s Last Name, First Name, and Second Author’s First and Last Names. Title.
Publication City, Publisher, Year of Publication.
Smith, David, and Jacob Brown.
Learn Ancient Latin. Miami, Oxford University Press,
2017.
Three or More
Authors
First Author’s Last Name, First Name, et al. Title. Publication City, Publisher, Year of
Publication.
Smith, David, et al.
Learn Ancient Latin. Miami, Oxford University Press, 2017.
Organization or
Government as
Author
Organization or Government Name. Title. Publication City, Publisher, Year of
Publication.
NASA.
Learn Ancient Latin. Miami, Oxford University Press, 2017.
Works in an
Anthology
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Work.” Title of Anthology. edited by Editor’s
First and Last Names. Publication City, Publisher, Year of Publication, pp. Pages.
Austen, Jane. “When a Robot is your Co-worker.”
The Complete Works of Jane Austen.
edited by David Smith. Miami, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp.18-20.
PERIODICALS/ JOURNALS
Article in a
Printed Journal
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, vol. #, no. Issue#,
Year, pp. pages.
Smith, David. “When a Robot is your Co-worker.”
Science, vol.1, no.8, 2017, pp. 18-20
ONLINE SOURCES
Article in an
Online Journal
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, vol. #, no. Issue#,
Year, pp. pages. Title of Database, URL/DOI. Accessed Day Month Year.
Smith, David. “When a Robot is your Co-worker.”
Science, vol.1, no.8, 2017, pp. 18-20,
Wiley Online Library, doi: 18.1866/12345678. Accessed 15 June 2018.
Work from a
Website
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Work.” Title of Site, Day Month Year of
Publishing Date, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.
Smith, David. “When a Robot is your Co-worker.”
The Week, 30 Jan. 2017,
theweek.com/articles/723258/when-new-coworker-robot. Accessed 15 June
2018.

 

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