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For full information on MLA style, see: Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.  The call number is REF 808.02 G437mh for the reference copy, and 808.02 G437mh for the circulating copies. 


In MLA documentation style, acknowledge your sources with brief parenthetical citations in your text to an alphabetical list of works that appears at the end of your paper (Gibaldi 104).  The “(Gibaldi 104)” tells readers that the information in the sentence came from page 104 of a work by Gibaldi.  The full citation would appear in your works-cited list at the end of your paper. Indicate format (e.g. print, web) at the end of each citation. If the citation is to an online resource, include the date of access. Include the URL only if a reader could not find the work without it. Works cited in MLA style conform to these examples:


Book by a single author:

Nicolson, Iain.  Gravity, Black Holes and the Universe.  New York: John Wiley, 1981. Print.


Anthology or Compilation:

Russell, William, ed.  Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children.  New York: Crown,

1984. Print.


Article in a Reference Book:

Dahl, Robert A. “Power.”  International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. 19 vols.

New York: Macmillan, 1968. Print.


Article in a Scholarly Journal:

Krings, Matthias, et al.  “Neandertal DNA Sequences and the Origin of Modern

Humans.” Cell 90.1 (1997): 19-30. Print.


Journal Article from an Online Database

Chan, Evans. "Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema." Postmodern Culture 10.3 (2000): 8-23. Project MUSE. Web. 26 October  2011.


Film or Videorecording:

It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra.  Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel

Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell.  1946.  Videocassette.  Republic, 1988.


WWW professional resource:

Salda, Michael N., ed. The Cinderella Project. U of Southern Mississippi, Oct. 2005. Web. 26 October 2011.

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