MLA Works Cited Directions

A) Directions for a single author book
1) author's name, last first
2) title of book--underlined
3) city, state, publisher, publication date
Smith, James R. The Mystery Behind the Greatest Poets. NY:
Dominion Press, 1985.

B) Directions for a critical anthology (use the same steps when
a part of a book, like the introduction is used)
1) author's name, last first (editor, if no author)
2) title of arlicle--in quotation marks
3) title of book--underlined
4) editor's or translator's name
5) city, state, publisher, publication date
6) page # for entire article
Brown, Joseph T. "The Most Famous Scenes of Scientific
Experimentation." The World of Dissection. Ed. Charles
Blade. Deiran, NJ: Newlab Publications, 1990. 78-86.

C) Directions for a multi-volume work
1) author's name, last first (editor--if no author)
2) title of article--in quotation marks (if there is none)
give the subject in quotation marks)
3) title of book--underlined
4) editor's or translator's name
5) give total # of volumes to be found
6) city, state, publisher, publication date
7) page # for entire article & put the # of the volume
used in front of page #
(no article name):
Wilson, Samuel "William Faulkner." Major American Authors. Ed.
Samuel Wilson. 18 Vol. Cal: Stanford U. Press, 1976, 7:127-49.

D) Directions for a magazine article
1) author's name, last first
2) title of article--in quotation marks
3) title of publication--underlined
4) volume and number (written as 23.3)
5) publication date in parentheses
6) page # for entire article
Green, Thornas A. “Top Prospects of the Ninties.” News Review.
17.1 (1996): 2-14.CellB1

E) Directions for Electronic Sources
1) author's name, last first
2) title of article--in quotation marks
3) title of publication--underlined & date with vol & number
4) protocol & address
5) path
6) date of message or visit
(there will be variations)
Burka, Lauren P. "A Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions."
MUD History. http://www. ccs. neu. eduthomeApb/mud-history.
html (5 Dec. 1994).

Additional Instructions
A) additional information can be given in parentheses at the end of a listing if it's needed to clear up any confusion
B) write out the names of publications unless they're very well
known--like CLC or ELH
C) if a magazine only shows the volume and not the number, write
it as Vol. 16
D) if possible, stay away from on-tine materials, especially any
source that uses the word “abstract"