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  • MLA Style - 8th Edition

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    Find examples for citing your sources using MLA style. The examples below represent the most common types of citations. Many more examples are available using the MLA Handbook, 8th ed. Check out the MLA Style Center for questions and additional resources.

    Citation Builders

    Citation Builders are form based services that will help you create a citation based on a particular style. They will supply the commas (,), periods (.), colons (:), spacing and placement for you, but will not correct capitalization, spelling or abbreviations.  NoodleTools does a good job.  Others are readily available by searching the Internet for “citation builder.” Most of these services are available free of charge.


    NoodleTools Express provides a citation tool for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Select the citation style, then the type of resource you are citing, and fill in the blanks based on the format (print, databases, etc.). Once submitted, copy the generated citation and paste it into your document for final formatting.

    Purdue University Online Writing Lab

    Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) . Recommended by Mott faculty, Purdue’s Online Writing Lab is an award winning instructional website. In addition to citation styles, OWL provides guidance for all aspects of your research project and writing needs.


    Book (Print) Book with two authors in a numbered series:

    Holt, Thomas J., and Adam M. Bossler. Cybercrime in Progress: Theory and Prevention of Technology-Enabled Offenses. Routledge, 2016. Crime Science Series 17.

    Book (Print) Entire book with three authors:

    Rosen, Larry D., et al. iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

    Book (Database) Anthology and reprint:

    Garling, Caleb. "Social Media Does Not Act as a Check on Negative Campaigning." Negative Campaigning, edited by Margaret Haerens, Greenhaven Press, 2014, pp. 25-29. At Issue: American Politics. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Accessed 7 Mar. 2019. Originally published as "Social Media and the Election: Any Impact?" in San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2012.

    Journal (Database)

    Bossetta, Michael. "The Weaponization of Social Media: Spear Phishing and Cyber Attacks on Democracy." Contentious Narratives: Digital Technology and the Attack on Liberal Democratic Norms, special issue of the Journal of International Affairs, vol. 71, no. 1.5, 2018, pp. 97-106. Academic Search Complete.

    O'Malley, Sharon. "Conspiracy Theories: Do They Undermine Democracy?" CQ Researcher, vol. 28, 24 Aug. 2018, pp. 681-704. CQ Researcher Online, doi:qresrre2018082414.

    Swigger, Nathaniel. "The Online Citizen: Is Social Media Changing Citizen's Beliefs about Democratic Values?" Political Behavior, vol. 35, no. 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 589-603. JSTOR, doi:10.107/s11109-012-9208-y.

    Zloteanu, Mircea, et al. "Digital Identity: The Effect of Trust and Reputation Information on User Judgement in the Sharing Economy." PLoS ONE, vol. 13, no. 12, 13 Dec. 2018, pp. 1-18. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0209071.

    Magazine (Database)

    Lewis, Kristin. "Could You Become a Mean Meme?" Scholastic Scope, Dec.-Jan. 2017/2018, pp. 11-14. MasterFILE Complete. Accessed 18 Mar. 2019.

    "Should You Still Like Facebook?" Consumer Reports, vol. 83, no. 10, Oct. 2018, pp. 40-43. MasterFILE Complete. Accessed 18 Mar. 2019.

    Supiano, Beckie. "What Happens in the Classroom No Longer Stays in the Classroom. What Does That Mean for Teaching?" Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 July 2018, Accessed 27 Mar. 2019.

    Reference Source (Database) Dictionary or encyclopedia entry:

    Junger, Richard. "Social Media." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, 2nd. ed., vol. 4, St. James Press, 2013, pp. 619-20. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

    Web Site

    Dixon, Denelle. "Online Privacy: It Doesn't Exist: Privacy and What We Can Do about It." Oct. 2017. TEDx Talks, TEDxMarin, 17 Oct. 2017, Accessed 27 Mar. 2019. Speech.

    Interview (Personal) Interview you conducted:

    Walker-Griffea, Beverly. Personal Interview. 17 Oct. 2018.

    Newspaper (Database)

    Day Owen, Sarah. "Social Savvy: Use Caution When Revealing Location." The Augusta Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2010. Newspaper Source Plus.

    Ringle, Hayley. "E.V. 5-Year-Old Plugged into Facebook, Twitter." The Tribune [Mesa, AZ], 18 Apr. 2010. Newspaper Source Plus. Accessed 11 Mar. 2019.

    Television or Radio Program (Website)

    Selyukyh, Alina. "Attorneys General Zoom in on Tech Privacy and Power." Hosted by Mary Louise Kelly. All Things Considered, NPR, 25 Sept. 2018. NPR: National Public Radio, Accessed 11 Mar. 2019.

    Television or Radio Program (Database)

    Selyukh, Alina. "Attorneys General Zoom in on Tech Privacy and Power." Hosted by Mary Louise Kelly. All Things Considered, NPR. Newspaper Source Plus. Transcript.

    Prepared by Mott Library Reference Librarians
    March 2019

August 28, 2019
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