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Understanding MLA Style

Book Examples

Basic Format for Books
Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.


Entire Book
One Author
Wellock, David. Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: A Guide for Pet Parents. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
Two Authors 
Terhune, Tori Randolph, and Betsy A. Hays. Land Your Dream Career in College: The Complete Guide to Success. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
More Than Two Authors
Liebman, James S., et al. The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution. Columbia UP, 2014.
Corporate Author
Solar Energy International. Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual: Renewable Energy Education for a Sustainable Future. New Society Press, 2004.
Zott, Lynn M., editor. Women's Health: Opposing Viewpoints. Greenhaven Press, 2015.


Work in Anthology or Collection
Buchanan, Ann. "Protective Factors in Family Relationships." Contemporary Social Issues in East Asian Societies: Examining the Spectrum of Public and Private Spheres, edited by Mika Markus Merviö, Information Science Reference, 2014, pp. 76-85.


Introduction, Preface, Forward or Afterward
Mast, Thomas. Foreword. Energy Supply and Renewable Resources, by Regina Anne Kelly, Facts on File, 2007.


Periodical Examples

Basic Format for Periodicals
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, Pages.


Magazine Article
Fisher, Daniel. "A Brief History of Energy Boondoggles." Forbes, 24 Nov. 2008, p. 82.


Scholarly Journal Article
Brian, Brian K. "Renewable Energy Enters Commercial Era." Power Engineering, vol. 108, no. 4, 2004, pp. 28-41.


Haggas, Carol. Review of Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels. Booklist, 15 Feb. 2009, p. 22.


Newspaper Article
Wald, Matthew L. "Debate on Clean Energy Lease to a Regional Battle Over Jobs." New York Times, 14 July 2009, sec. A, p. 13.


Database Examples

Basic Format for Databases
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages. Database Name, DOI or Permalink URL if No DOI Available. Accessed Day Month Year.


Journal Article
One Author (Without DOI)
Molk, Peter. "The Government's Role in Climate Change Insurance." Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016, pp. 411-26. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
Two Authors (Without DOI)
Jairo, Fuertes N., and Alexander Hoffman. "Alcohol Consumption and Abuse among College Students: Alarming Rates among the Best and the Brightest." College Student Journal, vol. 50, no. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 236-40. Academic Search Complete, login?url= login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=116190973&site=ehost-live. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
More Than Two Authors (With DOI)
Preshaw, Deborah H. L., et al. "Ethical Issues Experienced by Healthcare Workers in Nursing Homes." Nursing Ethics, vol. 23, no. 5, Aug. 2016, pp. 490-506. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1177/0969733015576357. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
No Author (With DOI)
"2016 ACVIM Forum Research Abstract Program." Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, vol. 30, no. 4, July-Aug. 2016, pp. 1407-519. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1111/jvim.13952. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.


Magazine Article
One Author (Without DOI)
Von Drehle, David. "How They Find Their A-Game." Time, vol. 188, no. 4, 25 July 2016, pp. 56-60. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
Two Authors (Without DOI)
Goodman, Jessica, and Abby Stem. "Can Cuba Hit the Right Notes?" Entertainment Weekly, no. 1411/1412, 22 Apr. 2016, p. 24. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
More Thank Two Authors (Without DOI)
Elliott, Philip, et al. "The Hardest One to Know." Time, vol. 188, no. 5, 1 Aug. 2016, pp. 32-39. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
No Author (Without DOI)
"Rolling Stone, D'Addario Recognize Great Guitarists." Music Trades, vol. 163, no. 11, Dec. 2015, p. 50. Academic Search Complete, login?url= login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=111192022&site=ehost-live. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.


Newspaper Article (Without DOI)
Ben, Kesling. "More College Students Use Marijuana Daily, Study Finds." Wall Street Journal, Online ed., 2 Sept. 2015. Academic Search Complete, login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=109223827&site=ehost-live. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.


Website Examples

Basic Format
Author(s). "Title of Web Page." Website Name, Publisher, Date of Publication, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.


Website Examples
"About Us." Texas Tribune, 2016, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
Imam, Jareen. "Nostalgic Allure of Vintage Theme Parks." CNN, 25 Sept. 2014, Accessed 29 Aug. 2016.


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