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MLA Style Works Cited Entries

Used in English and other Humanities courses

You no longer have to include the service provider, the library through which you accessed a database, or the URL.

Citing a book by one author:

Gilligan, Carol.  In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1982. Print.

Hilts, Philip J.  Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation.  New York: Knopf, 2003. Print.

Citing a book by more than one author:

Lifton, Robert Jay, and Greg Mitchell.  Who Owns Death: Capital Punishment, the American Conscience, and the End of Executions. New York: Morrow, 2000. Print.

Citing more than one work by the same author:

Branch, Taylor.  Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. Print.

---.  Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1965.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. Print.

Citing a work in an anthology:

Mason, Bobbie Ann.  “Shiloh.”  Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.  Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia.  9th ed.  New York: Longman, 2005.  643-54. Print.

Citing more than one work from the same anthology:

Chopin, Kate.  “The Storm.” Kennedy and Gioia 127-31.

Kennedy, X. J. and Dana Gioia, eds. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. 9th ed.  New York: Longman, 2005. Print.

Mason, Bobbie Ann.  “Shiloh.” Kennedy and Gioia 643-54.

Citing an online book (including those from the Net Library)

Haynes, Carolyn A.  Divine Destiny: Gender and Race in Nineteenth-century Protestantism. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998.  NetLibrary. Web. 3 Mar. 2006.

Citing a short article from a web site

Tyson, Peter.  “Gigantism and Dwarfism on Islands.”  NOVA.  PBS Online, 1 Nov. 2008. Web. 13 Sept. 2009.

Citing an entire web site

Celestial Timepiece: A Joyce Carol Oates Homepage. Univ. of San Francisco, 15 Sep. 2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2009.

Citing an article in a subscription database

Rollin, Lucy.  “The Reproduction of Mothering in Charlotte’s Web.” Children’s Literature 18 (1990): 42-52.  Literature Resource Center. Web. 23 Apr. 2008.

Citing a sacred text

The Bible. Print. King James Version.

New American Standard Bible.  Anaheim: Foundation, 1997.

The Qu’ran.  Trans. Muhammad A. S. Abdel Haleem.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004.

Citing a government document in print

United States. Office of Management and Budget.  A Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget. Washington: GPO, 1999. Print.

Citing a government document online

United States.  Dept. of Agriculture. Forest Service Performance and Accountability Report – Fiscal Year 2004.  USDA, Apr. 2005. Web. 13 Sep. 2007.

Citing a law case

Chavez v. Martinez. 538 US 760 Supreme Court of the US. 2003. Supreme Court Collection.  Legal Information Inst., Cornell U Law School, n. d. Web.  14 Feb. 2006.

Citing a legislative act

Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996.  Pub. L. 104-418. 110 Stat. 3048 2 Oct. 1996. Print


Many examples of works cited references are illustrated on this page, but not all possible references are included.  For more examples, see the most recent edition of Keys for Writers section 12 (look for “Includes the 2009 MLA Update” on the cover) or any other reputable handbook.  You may also wish to consult Documenting Sources in MLA Style: 2009 Update available online at