MLA Style Guidelines
Developed and recommended by the Modern Languages Association of America, MLA style is a set of commonly used rules for citing and documenting sources in academic research. This style is widely used in many disciplines in preparing scholarly publications and student papers within liberal arts and humanities. This page gives you a brief guide to the style. For a complete description, please read MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.).
Book by a single author
Kelly, William J. Beginnings: A Rhetoric and Handbook. New York: Macmillan Publishing
An anthology or a compilation
Keith, Lois. “What Happens to You?”: Writing by Disabled Women. New York: New
A book by two or more authors
Gibson, Jane W., and Hodgetts, Richard M. Business Communication. New York: Harper
& Row, Publishers, 1990.
Two or more books by the same author
Powys, Llewelyn. Black Laughter. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1930.
---. The Cradle of God. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1929.
A book by a corporate author
American Academy of Pediatrics. Guidelines for Perinatal Care. Elk Grove Village,
IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007.
A work in an anthology
Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.” Norton Introduction to Literature. Ed. Carl E.
Bain, Jerome Beaty and J. Paul Hunter. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995.
An article in a reference book
Johnson, Edgar. “Dickens, Charles.” Collier’s Encyclopedia. New York: Collier’s, 1997.
An introduction, a preface, a foreword, or an afterword
Dunayer, Joan. Afterword. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography. By Booker. T.
Washington. West Berlin, NJ: The Townsend Library, 2004.
An anonymous book
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington, DC.
American Psychological Association, 2002.
An edition (an edited book)
Washington, Booker.Up from Slavery: An autobiography. Ed. Joan Dunayer. West Berlin
NJ: The Townsend Library, 2004.
A second or subsequent edition
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington, DC:
American Psychological Association, 2002.
Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. Trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude. Chicago, Encyclopædia
A multivolume work
Bahr, Lauren S., et al., eds. Collier’s Encyclopedia. 21 vols. New York: P. F. Collier,
A republished book
Powys, T. F. Mr. Weston’s Good Wine. 1928. London: Hogarth Press, 1984.
A government publication
United States. Department of Energy. Department of Energy Large Solar Central Power
Systems Semiannual Review. Albuquerque, N.M. : Dept. of Energy, Sandia
Laboratories, 1979.Laboratories, 1979.
A book without stated publication information
n.p. for no place of publication available
n.p. for no publisher information available
n.d. for no date of publication available
n. pag. For no pagination available
An unpublished dissertation
Chao, Shou-ching. “The Quest of a Modern Hermit.” Diss. University of Minnesota, 1999.
A published dissertation
Chen, Wendi. The Reception of George Bernard Shaw in China, 1918-1996. Diss. U of
Minnesota, 2002. Lewiston, N.Y. : E. Mellen Press, c2002.
An article in a scholarly journal
Fisher, Jonas D. M. “Why Does Household Investment Lead Business Investment over the
Business Cycle?” Journal of Business Economy 115 (2007): 141-168.
An article in a newspaper
Christopherson, Mike. “Ribbon Cut at UMC Writing Center.” Crookston Daily Times 16
November 2007: 1.
An article in a magazine
Mandel, Michael. “A Business Cycle Ends, and Many US Workers Lose Ground.”
Business Week 31 March 2002: 13+.
Christopherson, Mike. “Need for Writing Center Is Evident.” Editorial. Crookston Daily
Times 15 November 2007.
An interview (conducted by the researcher)
Peterson, L. John. Personal interview. 26 August 2008.
Sawyer, P. Chuck. Email interview. 10 July 2008.
Documents from internet sites
Lewin, Tamar. “US Universities Rush to Set up Outposts Abroad.” nytimes.com. 10 Feb.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online: Student Edition. 2008. Encyclopaedia Britannica. 26
August 2008 <http://student.britannica.com/>.
English Dept. home page. University of Minnesota. 26 August 2008
Mass, Jason B., prod, and Gluck, Donald H., dir. Deeper into Hypnosis. Englewood
Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979.
Compiled by Shou-ching Chao, Ph.D.