The examples found in the MLA section are based on the manual MLA Handbook, 8th ed., 2016.
- Your full citations are listed at the end of your paper on a new double-spaced page titled “Works Cited”.
- List your citations in alphabetical order using the author’s names. If one of your sources has no author, use the title instead.
- If your citation is longer than one line, indent all the lines after the first one by 1.25 cm (this is called a hanging indentation). For a sample paper in MLA style, visit the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
Creating a citation
The 8th edition of MLA citation style has designed a method of creating citations that can be applied to any source. There are now 9 core elements that are to be included in a citation.
- When citing a source, look for these elements and list them in the order given.
- Use the punctuation as shown unless it’s the last element, because MLA style citations should always end with a period.
Each of these 9 core elements is explained in more detail (see sidebar menu). A comprehensive list of examples is also provided. If you need further help, please ask a staff member.