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MU240: American Music: MLA 8th Edition

MLA 8th Edition Core Elements

When constructing a citation in MLA, you will use the following elements below for any source.

  1. Author.
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container.
  4. Other contributors.
  5. Version.
  6. Number.
  7. Publisher.
  8. Publication date.

MLA in text examples

Direct Quote:

Lane argues, “Technology makes it possible for employers to gather enormous amounts of data about employees, often  far beyond what is necessary to satisfy safety or productivity concerns” (10). 


Aided by technology, employers are able to gather much more information about their employees then is needed for a safe workplace (Lane 10).


Other Rules:

  • No page numbers? Leave them out.
  • No author? Use the title of the source in quotes: (“Getting the Message”) 
  • 2 authors? List them all: (Alton and Rice 56)
  • 3 or more? List one and et al. (Blaine et al. 35)

MLA 8th Edition Workshop

Click the image below to view a recorded version of our MLA Workshop!

(April 2020)

mla workshop

Examples of Works Cited & In-Text Citations

Journal Article (More about citing journal articles on MLA Handbook Plus)

on the works cited page:

Lorensen, Jutta. “Between Image and Word, Color, and Time: Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series.” African American Review, vol. 40, no. 3,2006, pp. 571-86. Academic Search Premier, Drect=true&db=f5h&AN=24093790&site=eho st-live. 

in text: (Lorensen 577)

Newspaper Article (More about citing the news)

Fessenden, Ford, et al. "The Battle for New York's Key Voting Blocs in the Primaries." New York Times, 19 Apr. 2016, p. A 14. ProQuest Central, docview/1781721245?accountid=26523.

(Fessenden et al. A14)

Book (More about citing books in different situations)

Dorris, Michael, and Louise Erdrich. The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. 

(Dorris and Erdrich 110-12)

Article from a Book (More about citing works that are part of a larger book)

Copeland, Edward. “Money.” The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Copeland and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge UP, 1997, pp. 131-48. 

(Copeland 135)

Webpage on a Website (More about citing websites)

“Natalie Breaks Down as Three-Court Battle Ends.”  The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 11 Apr. 2007, Natallie-breaks-down-as-three-court-battle- ends.html. 

("Natalie Breaks Down")

Film on an App (More about citing movies)

Mamma Mia. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Universal Pictures, 2008. Netflix app. 

(Mamma Mia) or (Mamma Mia 59:03-61:23) - cite a specific scene with timestamps in the page number spot

MLA Handbook


NoodleTools Videos

Proquest RefWorks

Create a bibliography in your preferred style... APA 6th or 7th edition, MLA, Chicago, etc.

  • Import references from the Jennings Library collection or
  • Upload a document or
  • Enter a citation manually

Then, share your references with your professor, librarian, classmate, etc.

Getting Started in RefWorks

Create an account in Refworks from Summon (see below short video). If you already have an account in RefWorks, use this link to access your account. ONLY use this link if you already have an account. New accounts must be created from the link within Summon.