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Citing Resources

Tips and Tools for properly citing resources

MLA Resources


Format: Author Last, Author First; . "Article title." Journal title. Volume, Issue, Year, pages. 

Kucukarslan, Suzan, et al. "Integrating medication therapy management in the primary care medical home: A review of randomized controlled trials." American Journal of Health System-Pharmacy, vol. 68, no. 4, 2011, pp. 335-45. 


Format: Author Last, Author First; . Book title. Edition. Publisher, Publication Date.

Ruben, Allen, and Earl R. Babbie. Research methods for social work. 7th ed., Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2005.

Entire Web Site:

Format: Editor/Author or compiler name (if applicable).  Name of Site. Version number, Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available), URL, DOI or permalink.  Date of access (if applicable).

MedlinePlus.  U.S. National Library of Medicine. Accessed 14 Jun. 2017.

A Page on a Website:

Format: Editor/Author or compiler name (if applicable).  Name of Site. Version number, Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available), URL, DOI or permalink.  Date of access (if applicable).

"Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview." WebMD, 25 Sept 2014,

Database/Retrieval System:

Format: Author Last, Author First; . "Article title." Publication title. Volume. issue, year,  pages. Database. Day Month Year of access. 
Thorson, Jacob Isaacson. "Coming of age. Euthanasia and assisted suicide". AARC Times, vol. 27, no. 6, 2003, pp. 48-49.  CINAHL. Accessed 27 Nov 2013. 

These examples reflect the MLA Handbook 8th edition.

MLA's In-Text Citations use the author-page system. 

  • Example at end of sentence: (Johnson 4)
  • Example in text: Johnson et al. found that the lack of copyright information available provided a direct correlation to the comfort of faculty members interpreting copyright law (3-6).
  • If you have more than 3 authors, list the first author and use et al.