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Incorporating Quotes: MLA Format

Core Elements of an MLA Citation

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Sample MLA Citations

Example 1: L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1962.


Example 2: Fredrickson, George M. White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American and South African History. Oxford UP, 1982.


Example 3 (two authors): Gaiman, Neil, and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. HarperTorch, 2006.


Example 4 (book with translator and editor): Sullivan, Alan, and Timothy Murphy, translators. Beowulf. Edited by Sarah Anderson, Pearson, 2004.


Example 5 (corporate author): New York State, Committee on State Prisons. Investigations of the New York State Prisons. 1883. Arno Press, 1974. 

Example 1: Poe, Edgar Allan.“The Masque of the Red Death.” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by James A. Harrison, vol. 4, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1902, pp. 250-58. HathiTrust Digital Library, babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924079574368;view=1up;seq=266.


Example 2 (chapter from a book): Kupperman, Karen Ordahl. “The Carolina Algonquians.” Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony. Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. Google Books, books.google.com/books?id=W8cr4Vgt9ekC&printsec=frontcover&dq=roanoke+the+abandoned+colony&hl=en&sa

Example 1: Rohan, Brian. “Investigators Probe Mass Grave.” Daily Hampshire Gazette [Northampton], 9 Nov. 2016, p. 3.


Example 2: Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post, 24 May 2007, p. LZ01.

Weiland, Noah. "Bill Murray Gets a Cubs Win and the Mark Twain Prize." New York Times, 24 Oct. 2016, p. NA(L). The New York Times, libraries.state.ma.us/login?gwurl=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=SPN.SP24&sw=w&u=mlin_w_shhs&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA467555780&asid.

Example 1: “Woman Gives Birth to Grandchild.” CNN.com, 15 Oct. 2006, www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/10/15/japan.granny.reut/index.html.


Example 2: Mackin, Joseph. Review of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs. New York Journal of Books, 2 June 2011, www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/pleasures-reading-age-distraction.


Example 3: Deresiewicz, William. “The Death of the Artist- and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur.” The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2014, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/01/the-death-of-the-artist-and-the-birth-of-the-creative-entrepreneur/383497/.

Example 1: “Developments in the Law: The Law of Marriage and Family.” Harvard Law Review, vol. 116, no. 7, 2003, pp. 1996-2122. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1342754.


Example 2:  Braun, Ashley. "Alaskasaurus." Natural History, May 2014, p. 7. Science in Context, libraries.state.ma.us/login?gwurl=http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/scic/AcademicJournalsDetailsPage/AcademicJournalsDetailsWindow?


Example 3: Gourievidis, Laurence. “Representing the Disputed Past of Northern Scotland.” History and Memory: Studies in the Representation of the Past, vol. 12, no. 2, 2000, p. 122. World History Collection, libraries.state.ma.us/login?gwurl=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=PPWH&sw=w&u=mlin_w_shhs&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE


 

“California.” The New Columbia Encyclopedia, edited by William H. Harris and Judith S. Levey, 4th ed., Columbia UP, 1975, pp. 423-24.

Example 1: "Led Zeppelin." Britannica Library, Encyclopedia Britannica, 27 Jan. 2014. library.eb.com/levels/referencecenter/article/117498.


Example 2: Strong, John S. "Relics." Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Lindsay Jones, 2nd ed., vol. 11, Macmillan, 2005, pp. 7686-7692. Gale Virtual Reference Library, libraries.state.ma.us/login?gwurl=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.dop=GVRL&sw=w&u=mlin_w_shhs&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE.

TED-Ed. “The Atlantic Slave Trade: What Too Few Textbooks Told You.” YouTube, narrated by Anthony Hazard, 22 Dec. 2014, https://youtu.be/3NXC4Q_4JVg.

Boyle, Anthony T. "Re: Utopia." Recieved by Daniel J. Cahill, 21 June 2007. 

“Best of Not My Job Musicians.” Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me! from NPR, 4 June 2016, http://www.npr.org/podcasts/344098539/wait-wait-don-t-tell-me.

Scott, Ridley, director. Blade Runner. 1982. Performance by Harrison Ford, director’s cut, Warner Bros., 1992.

Example 1: “Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers.” Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers, performance by Winona Ryder, season 1, episode 1, 21 Laps Entertainment, 2016, Netflix, www.netflix.com/title/80057281.


Example 2: "Hush." Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, performance by Sarah Michelle Gellar, season 4, episode 10, WB Television Network, 14 Dec. 1999. 

@persiankiwi. "We have report of large street battles in east & west of Tehran now - #Iranelection." Twitter, 23 June 2009, 11:15 a.m., twitter.com/persiankiwi/status/2298106072. 

 

Beyoncé. "Pretty Hurts." Beyoncé, Parkwood Entertainment, 2013, www.beyonce.com/album/beyonce/?media_view=songs.

 

Goya, Francisco. The Famiy of Charles IV. 1800, oil on canvas, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

United States, Congress, House, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Al Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat. Government Printing Office, 2006, 109th Congress, 2nd session, House Report 615. 

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