MLA 8 Works Cited
- Author(s): who created the source?
- Title of Source: what did the author(s) name the source?
- Title of Container: what is the name of the larger source that hosts the source?
- Other Contributors: who helped the author(s) create the source, and what was their role?
- Version: if the source was released multiple times, which version is this?
- Number: if the source is part of a sequence, which number is this?
- Publisher: what organization is responsible for publishing the source?
- Publication Date: when was the source published?
- Location: what is the specific address for the source (such as page numbers or a URL)?
Sometimes a source is nested within more than one container. For example, an article in a journal (Container 1) accessed through a database (Container 2), or an episode in a TV series (Container 1) accessed through a streaming service such as Netflix (Container 2). End the first container with a period, then go through steps 3-9 again, adding any available information about the second container:
Once you gather the information above, list the core elements as shown below to create a works cited entry. The following pages of this handout will help you to format each core element correctly and create a Works Cited list/page.
Author(s). Title of Source. Title of Container, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication Date, Location. Title of Container 2, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication Date, Location.
For each source referenced in academic writing, you need to create a detailed works cited entry including as many as nine core elements required by the Modern Language Association (MLA guidelines). For an accessible version, view this text document: http://bit.ly/mla8workscited2.
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