1. Parts of a Citation (MLA 8th ed.)

In this module, take some time to review the different parts of MLA citation style. This is not a comprehensive introduction to every kind of citation possible in MLA; rather, we’ll go a little more in-depth on the three most common kinds of materials that you will cite during your time in college. If you have questions not answered here, please see the Additional Resources section at the end.

Examples of MLA Citation (8th ed.)

MLA Journal/Periodical Article Citation

Flannery, Mary C. “A Bloody Shame: Chaucer’s Honourable Women.” The Review of English Studies , vol. 62, no. 255, 2011, pp. 337–57, doi:10.1093/res/hgq0. Accessed 7 February 2018.

Here’s a breakdown of all the parts that make up a journal/periodical citation:


Audio description of MLA journal/periodical article citation

MLA Website Citation

Tipton, Roberta, and Rebecca Pressman. “A Guide to Literary Theory.” Rutgers University, 18 May 2007, http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/guides/lit_theory.htm.
Accessed 7 February 2018.

Here’s a breakdown of all the parts that make up a website citation:


Audio description of MLA website citation

MLA Book Citation

Frankel, Valerie Estelle. Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and
Resistance. McFarland & Company, 2014.

Here’s a breakdown of all the parts that make up a book citation:


Audio description of MLA book citation

Knowledge Check

Please note: this is not a graded quiz that your instructor will see; this is an activity that allows you to check your own understanding of the material so far. Please submit the quiz in D2L to receive credit for completing this material.

Receive Credit

To receive credit for completing this material, please complete the quiz provided by your instructor in your class D2L space.

Supplementary Material

If you need more information about MLA Citation, or need to cite kinds of material not discussed here, please see the following:

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