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BHS_CIS English Composition: 5. Synthesis - Citing Your Sources (MLA)

Citing a Book

The basic MLA source citation for a book includes these elements (as many as are available):

Author Last, First.  Title of Book.  City of Publication:  Publishing Company, Year.

Sample:  Osborne, Linda Barrett.  Miles to Go for Freedom:  Segregation & Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years.  New York:  Abrams Books, 2012.

Did You Know?

"MLA" stands for Modern Language Association, and it is one of several accepted standard formats for giving credit to the sources you use for academic projects.  If you want to look up more rules for citing information in MLA format, check out the excellent guide at Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Citing a Database Article

MLA citations are provided for articles you access through databases (such as EBSCO or US History in Context.)  Click the "Cite" tool located at the top of the page or on the right-hand side of the article summary page in the database:

Citing a Website

Use a citation machine such as EasyBib to create your MLA citation for a website.  Simply copy the website's URL from the address bar at the top of the page and paste it into the search field on EasyBib.  Click the "Cite it" button and follow the on-screen directions.

Click the icon below to access EasyBib: