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MLA Style Citation Guide 7th Edition

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Find examples for citing your resources using MLA style. The examples below represent the most common types of citations. Many more examples are available using the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.


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“The Bachelor.” The Encyclopedia of Reality Television: The Ultimate Guide to Over Twenty Years of RealityTV from the Real World to Dancing with the Stars. New York: Pocket Books, 2008. Print.

“Survivor.” Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. Print.


Carson, Bruce. Frames and Fictions on Television: The Politics of Identity within Drama. Portland, OR.: Intellect Books, 2000. NetLibrary. Web. 12 Oct. 2008.

Hutchby, Ian. “Confrontation as Spectacle: The Argumentative Frame of the Ricki Lake Show.” Television Talk Shows: Discourse, Performance, Spectacle. Ed. Andrew Tolson. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2001. Print.

Murray, Susan and Laurie Ouellette. Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. New York: New York UP, 2004. Print.

Rankin, Aubree. "Reality TV Shows Encourage Immoral Behavior." Opposing Viewpoints: Television. Ed. Jamuna Carroll. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Web. 4 Nov. 2009.


"Actress Shayne Lamas Says She Hopes Her New Reality Show Featuring Her Siblings and Parents Will Bring Her Family Closer Together." Washington Times 5 Oct. 2009: B7. General Reference Center Gold. Web. 4 Nov. 2009.

"Competitive Reality Shows Dominate Local Ratings." Chattanooga Times/Free Press 20 Sept. 200: n. pag. General Reference Center Gold. Web. 4 Nov. 2009.

“Media: The Fallout from 15 Minutes of Fame: As Reality TV Producers Introduce More Vulnerable People to Pull in Jaded Viewers, They Have Increased the Psychological Help Available.” The Guardian 24 Aug. 2009: 2. General Reference Center Gold. Web. 13 Oct. 2009.


"Antics in the Attic; Reality TV: Created in Europe; Sold in America." The Economist 26 May 2001: 6. Print.

Schneider, Michael. "Reeling from Reality: As Franchises Lose Viewers, Nets Are Left in the Lurch." Variety 5 Oct. 2009: 1+. General Reference Center Gold. Web. 5 Nov. 2009.

Streisand, Betsy. "Did You Say Reality TV? Or Surreal TV?" U.S. News & World Report 22 Jan. 2001: 36. Print.

Ward, Kate. "Stupid Parents + Reality TV = Kids at Risk." Entertainment Weekly 30 Oct. 2009: 30. General OneFile. Web. 5 Nov. 2009.

Young, Toby. "How a Reality Show Gave Me Back My Title as Least Popular Person in America. Spectator 17 Jan 2009: 54(1). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Web. 4 Nov. 2009.


Baruh, Lemi. "Publicized Intimacies on Reality Television: An Analysis of Voyeuristic Content and Its Contribution to the Appeal of Reality Programming." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 53.2 (2009): 190+. General OneFile. Web. 2 Nov. 2009.

Houck, MM. "CSI: Reality—Attorneys, Investigators and Educators Have Felt the Impact of Television's Popular Forensics Programs." Scientific American 295.1 (2006): 84-89. Print.

McVey, Cynthia. "Reality Bites: Do Participants in Reality TV Shows Really Know What They Are Getting Into? Cynthia McVey Argues That Informed Consent Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be." New Scientist 183.2458 (2004): 16. Academic OneFile. Web. 2 Nov. 2009.

Pointon, C. "Beware 'Big Brother'." Therapy Today 17.10 (2006): 4-7. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. 4 Nov. 2009.

Shouse, Ben. “Reality TV Puts Group Behavior to the Test.” Science ns 294.5545 (2001): 1262-1263. JSTOR. Web. 4 Nov. 2009.


“Reality Television.” Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 27 October 2009. Web. 2 November 2009.

Guttentag, Bill. Why Are Reality TV Shows So Popular? Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco. 13 February 2008. Lecture. YouTube. Web. 2 November 2009. <>.

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November 2009

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