Library Skills

According to MLA style, you must have a Works Cited page at the end of your research paper. All entries in the Works Cited page must correspond to the works cited in your main text.

EasyBib:    This website helps you to generate a bibliography in  MLA format by typing in your information.  (Be sure to proofread what is generated - it is only as accurate as you are).  Click on the link to connect to EasyBib.

General Rules for MLA Format 7th EditionHow is MLA 7 different than MLA 6?

  • You are no longer required to have URL's in citations. If your instructor wants to include URLs, put them in angle brackets after the entry and end with a period.

  • Use italics instead of underlining for titles of larger works including books or magazines, and "quotation marks" for titles of shorter works such as poems or articles.

Author Rules:   List entries alphabetically by last name.

Works with no authors.  If there is no author given, alphabetize the works by the title. Use a shortened version of the title.


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Citing one author.  To cite an author, use the last name followed by the first name and if given, the middle name of initial.

Example:Last name, First name. Title. City: Publisher, Year.

To cite two authors:   use the last name followed by the first name and then inverse to first name and last name.

Example:Last name, First name and First name Last name. Title. City: Publisher, Year.

Citing more than one author:  If you are citing more than one author, separate the authors by commas alphabetically. The first author should have their last name, first name and the additional authors should be cited simply with their first and last name.

Example:Last name, First name, First name Last name, and First name Last name. Title.City: Publisher, Year.

Contributor information:   Contributor information (editor, compilers, and translators) are typically cited after the name of the source. Use "Ed.", "Comp", or "Trans." to indicate what type of contributor you are citing.

Example: Last name, First name. Source Title. Comp. First name Last name. City: Publisher, Year.

Publication information:  In MLA7, you must list the publication medium (print or web) after the publication information. MLA7 abbreviates all months except for May, June and July.

Book: Last, First M. Title City: Publisher, Year Published. Medium

Journal: Last, First M. "Article." Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Medium

Magazine: Last, First M. "Article" Title Date Month Year Published: Page(s). Medium

Newspaper:  Last, First M. "Article" Title [City] Date Month Year Published, Edition, Section: Page(s). Medium.

Audio/Visual RulesFilm/Online Video:  Structure:Title. Dir. First M. Last. By First M. Last. Perf. First M. Last, First M. Last, and First M. Last. Distributor, Year Published. Media Type.

Example:  Of Mice and Men Dir. Gary Sinise. By John Steinbeck. Perf. John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Ray Walston. Released by Contemporary Films/McGraw-Hill, 1992. Videocassette.

Structure:  Artist Last, First M. "Track Name." Recorded Month Date, Year. In Album NameBy Writer First M. Last. Cond. Conductor First M. Last. Orch. First M. Last. Perf. First M. Last. Band/Group Name. Rec. Date Month Year. Producer First M. Last, Year. CD/MP3, MIDI, Cassette/Vinyl.

Example:Lady Gaga Born This Way Rec. 2011. Vincent Herbert, 2011. CD.

Web Rules Structure:  Contributors. "Title." Website. Edition. Website Publisher, Date. Web. Date Accessed.

Sources Published Directly OnlineCiting an Article from an Online Only Resource Example:  Friedland, Lois. "Top 10 Natural and Wildlife Adventure Travel Tips." About.comNew York Times Company, 22 Sept. 2008. Web. 25 Sept. 2008.

Citing an Article from an Online Only News Source Example:  Chen, Stephanie. "Growing up is Hard with Mom in Prison." Cable News Network, 7 May 2009. Web. 8 May 2009.

Citing an Article from an Online Newspaper Example:  Shorto, Russell. "Going Dutch." New York Times New York Times, 3 May 2009. Web. 8 May 2009.

Citing an Online Only Journal Example:  Glotzer, Richard and Anne Federlein. "Miles that Blind: Commuter Marriage and Family Strength." Michigan Family Review 12 (2007): 7-31. Web. 8 Apr. 2009.

Personal Website Structure:  Last name, First name. Page Cited. Web. Date Accessed.

Example:  Smith, Steve. Home Page. Web. 3 January 2013.

Citing a Digital Image Found on Google Images Example:  Bruce Springsteen. Digital Image. Google Images. LIFE. Web. 9 Oct. 2009. <>.

Above MLA Information from "EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer." EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2014.