The examples found in the MLA section are based on the manual MLA Handbook, 8th ed., 2016.

  • In the MLA style, the location refers to where you found your source (e.g. the link to a website or the page number of an article).

Multiple containers

If your source is from a library database, you have to indicate a location two times as you are looking at multiple containers.

  • As a general rule, follow the format for “Part of a print work.”
  • With an essay in an eBook, or an article in a journal, the location will be the page number of the first page of the article and the last page separated by a hyphen. Write “p.” for one page or “pp.” for multiple pages.


pp. 26-35.

p. 5

  • If your source was found in a database, the location is the URL. When possible, use the permalink (stable URL or document URL) provided by the database. When giving the URL, omit the “http://”.
  • If a DOI is available, use it in place of the URL or permalink. Place “doi:” before the DOI.



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