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Library Information Guide - Fort Wayne

The Modern Language Association has created formatting and citation guidelines for both students and advanced writers. 

Your instructor may prefer that the official MLA formatting style be tailored for course purposes; be sure to follow your instructor's guidance.

Work Cited

Modern Language Association of America. The MLA Style Center: Writing Resources from the Modern Language Association. 2020.

Creating MLA Citations

The elements of a Works Cited citation are:

  • Author (Who is responsible for this work?)
  • Title (What is this work called?)
  • Container (Is this part of a larger work?)
  • Date When was it published, reviewed, or accessed?)
  • Location Where can I access this

In MLA style, the elements are ordered: Author, A. Title in Title Style. Source Title. Publisher. Date.

If no Author, put the work Title first; but be certain it is not a corporate author.

If no date, omit it. Do not use n.d. in a Works Cited list. 

Publisher is omitted for periodicals and where it is the same as the Author (this is a corporate author) or Source.

Journal Sources include Volume, Issue, and Page numbers: Journal Vol. 22, No. 3 (2020): 101-111.

Use URL if no DOI. Use the Permalink for database articles.




Paper Formatting