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1 MLA Style Format compiled from the Write Source 2000 Handbook and Website and the Cornell University Library Citation Management guide (see last page for Works Cited). have been modified to reflect the new MLA style criteria. Books A typical listing for a book Author or Editor (last name first). Title of the book. Edition of book. City where the book is published: Publisher, copyright date. Medium of publication. No Author or Editor Smith s Book of Bugs. 4th ed. New York: Book World, Print. One Author Gravett, Christopher. The World of the Medieval Knight. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, Print. Two or Three Authors or Editors McKissack, Patricia C., and Fredrick McKissack, Jr. Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Scholastic, Print. More Than Three Authors or Editors Busbey, Arthur B., et al. Rocks and Fossils. San Francisco: Time Life Books, Print. Single Work from an Anthology Headlam, Dave. Blues Transformations in the Music of Cream. Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis. Ed. John Covach. New York: Oxford University Press, Print. One Volume of a Multivolume Work McMahon, Thomas, ed. Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 20. Detroit: Gale Research, Print. Encyclopedia Article Barr, William. Northwest Passage. World Book Encyclopedia ed. Print.

2 Periodicals A typical listing for a magazine or news article Author(last name first). Title of the article. Title of the magazine or newspaper volume number day month year: page numbers. Medium of publication. *If the resource does not have a volume or a day, simply omit it. Monthly periodicals are dated with just the month and year (Oct. 1999). Weekly periodicals will have the entire date, starting with the day (4 Sept. 2009) not the month. Signed Article in a Magazine Safer, Barbara. Secret Messages. Cricket Sept. 1998: Print. Unsigned Article in a Magazine Deadly by Nature. World June 1998: Print. Signed Newspaper Article Salemy, Shirley. Plan Will Aid Children. Des Moines Register 2 Sept. 1998, sec. M: 1. Print. Government Documents The required elements in government documents vary. Generally, if you do not know the author of the document, cite the government agency first, then the name of the agency. State Publication Hawaii. Office of the Auditor. Follow up Audit of the Child Protective Services System. Honolulu: State of Hawaii, Print. Federal Publication United States. General Services Administration. Consumer Information Catalogue. Pueblo, CO: GPO, Print. International Publication United Nations. General Assembly. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. New York: United Nations, Print.

3 Other Resources These resources have the medium cited within the entry, thus identifying the medium at the end of the entry is not needed. Reference Book on CD ROM Outer Space. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. CD ROM. Danbury, CT: Grolier Interactive, Filmstrip, Slide Program, Videocassette, DVD Island of the Giant Bears. Videocassette. National Geographic, min. Television or Radio Program Crime and Punishment. Nightline in Primetime. ABC. WKOW, Madison, WI. 3 Sept Electronic Resource Format Elements of On Line Entry 1. Author or editor (Last name, First name, ed. for editor) NOTE: The editor s name follows the title in an entry for a project or database. 2. Title of article, page, posting (followed by the description On line posting ) 3. Title of book and printed version information (if part of a book) 4. Title of the site, database, periodical, etc., or a description such as Home page 5. Version, volume, issue, or other identifying number 6. Date posted (or last update) 7. Name of subscription service, and name and location (city) of library where accessed 8. Listserv or forum name 9. Number of pages (pp.) or paragraphs (pars.), if numbered 10. Sponsoring organization 11. Medium 12. Date accessed 13. URL (If the source is difficult to locate or your teacher requires a URL.) NOTE: If a URL is quite long and complicated, simply give the site's home page URL. If certain items do not apply or are not available, do not include them.

4 On Line Entry Format Author or editor. Title. Book title. Printed version information. Site title. Volume or issue number. Date posted. Name of subscription service, library name and location. Listserv name. 00 pp. Sponsoring organization. Medium. Date accessed <Electronic address>. Note: When line length forces you to break a Web address, always break it after a slash mark. Web page: This example includes the optional URL. All other examples below use the shorter citation format. Cornell University Library. "Introduction to Research." Cornell University Library. Cornell University, Web. 19 June 2009 <http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/intro>. Personal Web site: If a work is untitled, you may use a genre label such as Home page, Introduction, etc. Rule, Greg. Home page. Web. 16 Nov Entry in an online encyclopedia: "Einstein, Albert." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, Web. 27 Apr Article in an online periodical: If pagination is unavailable or is not continuous, use n. pag. in place of the page numbers. Chaplin, Heather. "Epidemic of Extravagance." Salon 19 February 1999: n. pag. Web. 12 July Article in a full text journal accessed from a database: Fox, Justin. "Who Wants to Be an Internet Billionaire?" Fortune 8 Nov. 1999: 40. ABI/INFORM Global. ProQuest Direct. Web. 15 Nov Online book with print information: Frost, Robert. North of Boston. 2nd ed. New York: Henry Holt and Co., Google Books. Web. 30 June Article from a less familiar online reference book: Nielsen, Jorgen S. "European Culture and Islam." Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Ed. Richard C. Martin. New York: Macmillan Reference Thomson/Gale, Web. 4 July 2009.

5 Works Cited Cornell University Library. "Introduction to Research." Cornell University Library. Cornell University, Web. 13 Aug Sebranek, Patrick, Dave Kemper, and Verne Meyer. The Write Source 2000: A Guide to Writing, Thinking, and Learning. Wilmington: Write Source, Print. thewritesource.com Houghton Mifflin. Web. 13 Aug

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