The current Modern Language Association (MLA) style manual is the 8th edition (2016).
MLA style is most commonly used in Literature, Arts & the Humanities.
A copy of the MLA style manual is available in the Ready Reference area at the Research Help Desk on the first floor of SU Library (in GAC):
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.
Call Number: Ready Reference. LB2369 .M165 2016
Book by a single author
Format: Author's last name, first name. Title of the Book. Publisher name, Date of publication.
Example: Staff, Frank. The Valentine & Its Origins. Frederick A. Praeger, 1969.
Article in a periodical
Format: Author's name. "Title of the article." Journal Title, Volume, Issue, Date of publication, pages.
Example: Fuller, Graham. "Brute Force." Film Comment, vol. 39, 2000, pp. 35-37.
Articles / websites found online
Format: Author's name. "Title of the Website Article." Title of the Entire Website. Date of document or date of last revision, if known. Website URL. Date of access.
Example: Burka, Lauren P. "A Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions." MUD History. 1993. http://www.utopia.com/talent/lpb/muddex/essay. Accessed 2 Aug. 1996.
Articles found via online database
Format: Author's last name, first name. "Title of Article." Title of Publication, volume number, issue number, year published, pages. Name of electronic database. Name of online service provider. Date accessed.
Example: Warren, Christopher. "Working to Ensure a Secure and Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East." U.S. Dept. of State Dispatch, vol. 7, no. 14, 1996. Academic Search Complete. Accessed 12 Aug. 1996.
Some useful online resources include:
SU University Writing Center
MLA For Students (Flash)
Two Major Citation Styles
(Eastern Washington University)
- choose MLA Flash Tutorial
FAQs About the MLA Style Manual From MLA