MLA STYLE SHEET
“WORKS CITED” SAMPLE ENTRIES
Use these documentation samples as a partial guide when constructing your bibliography.
For titles of longer works such as books, journals, films and periodicals, as well as artworks,
MLA now recommends italicizing rather than underlining (a carryover from the days of
dinosaurs and typewriters, but useful for avoiding confusion when manuscripts are to be
published). So where you see underlining in pre-2010 MLA samples (or instructions), use
italics instead, as shown in the examples below.
Alphabetize your “Works Cited” page by author’s last name or the first word of the title
when the author’s name is not available. For electronic citations, do not place a period after
your Uniform Resource Locator (URL) access date, and do not underline URLs. Please
break up long URL references at slashes, as shown in two samples below.
Finally, remember to double-check all picayune details of punctuation and spacing!
BOOK WITH ONE AUTHOR
Wilson, Edward O.
The Future of Life.
New York: Knopf, 2003.
BOOK WITH TWO AUTHORS
Eggins, Susanne M., and Diane Slade.
Analyzing Casual Conversation
. London: Cassell, 1997.
BOOK WITH MORE THAN THREE AUTHORS
Quirk, Randolph, et al.
A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.
is short for the Latin
et alii: “
for all you feminists!
BOOK WITH AN EDITOR
Feldman, Paula R., ed.
British Women Poets of the Romantic Era
. Baltimore: John Hopkins
If more than one editor, write
BOOK WITH AN EDITOR IN ADDITION TO AN AUTHOR
. Ed. Harriet E. Smith and Edgar M. Branch. Berkeley: U of
California P, 1993.
here means “edited by,” so it does not take an “s.”
BOOK IN A SERIES
. Trans. Jack Schmitt. Latin Amer. Lit. and Culture 7.
Berkeley: U of California P, 1991.
ESSAY IN A BOOK OF ESSAYS BY SAME AUTHOR
Howse, Derek. “Navigation and Astronomy in the Voyages.”
Background to Discovery.
Berkeley: U of California P, 1999.
Note the one-letter abbreviations here [with
ESSAY WRITTEN BY ONE PERSON IN A BOOK WRITTEN BY ANOTHER
More, Hannah. “The Black Slave Trade: A Poem.”
British Women Poets of the Romantic
. Ed. Paula R. Feldman. Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, 1997. 472-82.
WORK IN AN ANTHOLOGY