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. Check out the MLA Style Center for questions and additional resources.
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Mirrlees, Hope. Lud in the Mist. Gollancz, 2018.
Gaiman, Neil, and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. HarperTorch, 2006.
Lilley, Linda Lane, et al. Pharmacology and the Nursing Process. Elsevier, 2023.
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary: Together with Sellic Spell. Translated by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015.
Busby, Margaret, editor. Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present. Pantheon Books, 1992.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Edited by F.N. Robinson. Houghton Mifflin, 1961
Marvell, Andrew. "The Mower’s Song." The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Stephen Greenblatt, general editor, 9th ed., vol. B, W.W. Norton, 2012, p. 1803-1804.
Meints, Graydon M. Railroads for Michigan. E-book ed., Michigan State University Press, 2013.
Siebers, Teun, et al. "Social Media and Distraction: An Experience Sampling Study among Adolescents." Media Psychology, vol. 25, no. 3, May 2022, pp. 343-66. EBSCOhost, https://doi-org.mccezproxy.palnet.info/10.1080/15213269.2021.1959350
Funderburg, J. Anne. "Anatomy of an Author: John Voelker's Legal and Literary Career." Michigan History, vol. 105, no. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2021, pp. 39-45.
Funderburg, J. Anne. "Anatomy of an Author: John Voelker's Legal and Literary Career." Michigan History, vol. 105, no. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2021, pp. 39+. Michigan History Magazine, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A682579573/SPJ.SP01?u=lom_accessmich&sid=bookmark-SPJ.SP01&xid=555c4960. Accessed 24 Aug. 2023.
Walker-Griffea, Beverly, PhD. Personal interview with the author. 1 Apr. 2023.
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Survivor. (2009). In Encyclopedia of television shows, 1925 through 2007 (Vol. 4, pp. 425-435). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Carson, B. (2000). Frames and fictions on television: The politics of identity within drama. Portland, OR: Intellect Books. Retrieved from NetLibrary.
Hutchby, I. (2001). Confrontation as spectacle: The argumentative frame of the Ricki Lake Show. In A. Tolson (Ed.), Television talk shows: Discourse, performance, spectacle (pp. 155-172). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Murray, S., & Ouellette, L. (2004). Reality TV: Remaking television culture. New York: New York UP.
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Find examples for citing your resources using AMA style. These examples represent the most common types of references. Many more examples are available using the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed.
Citation Builders are form based services that will help you create a citation or reference 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. At this time, these free services do not accurately support AMA style. The library databases, like CINAHL, provide a tool to cite an article in various styles, like APA and MLA. If the AMA style option was available, it did NOT properly format the citation, and therefore, is not recommended. We will periodically review the online services for accuracy and future recommendations.
Colleges and universities have produced similar AMA guides for students.
AMA style provides a system for giving credit to others for their contribution to your work. The references allow your reader to consult the resources you used to write your paper. Unlike other style formats, parenthetical citations are restricted, and the reference citation is displayed as a superscript number after the punctuation, as in this example.3 However, when citing the same source more than once, include the page number enclosed in parentheses in the reference. For example:
Subauste writes that, “Effective manipulation of autophagy requires understanding of the molecular events that govern this process.”8(743)
See the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed. for more complete examples.
AMA style requires references to be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text. (AMA 3.5)
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