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MLA Quick Guide

Please note, the 8th edition of the MLA has been recently published. Please visit:

Please visit the following interactive guide for a good introduction to the new MLA 8th edition formatting models. Click "Get Started" to access examples and a template for formatting your Works Cited entries:

MLA 8 Quick Guide

Here is the WMU Libraries' Quick Guide for MLA 8th edition:

 

If your professor would like you to use MLA 7th edition formatting, please see the following guide:

Citing Social Media in MLA 8th ed.

Use the examples from MLA's 8th edition below to help format citations from these popular social media sites. 

Facebook

Lastname, Firstname [or username or page name]. "First several words of the Facebook post..." Facebook, Day Month Year posted, time posted [if available], URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Facebook, 18 Apr 2013, facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067.


Tumblr

Username. "First several words of Tumblr post (if any, otherwise omit)..." Title of Tumblr blog, Day Month Year posted, time posted (if available), URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Oscr, 18 Apr 2013, 1:28 PM, libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week.


Twitter

Lastname, Firstname [or single username] (handle). "Full text of tweet." Twitter, Day Month Year posted, Time AM/PM, URL.

Penguin, Oscar (@libechillbro). "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter, 18 Apr 2013, 1:28 AM, twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366.


Youtube

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website, Day Month Year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube, 18 Apr 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28.


Instagram

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (handle). "First several words of Instagram post (if any)..." Instagram, Day Month Year posted, URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week…" Instagram, 18 Apr 2013, instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6



Soundcloud

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." Publishing Website, Day Month Year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats" SoundCloud, 18 Apr 2013 www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats.

Citing from a Database in MLA 8th ed.

Use the examples from MLA's 8th edition below to help format citations from databases.

 

Journal article from a Database

Lastname, Firstname. "Article Title: Subtitle." Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, Publisher, Publication date, pp. ##-###. Database Name, doi or permalink.

Gmelch, G. "Baseball's Mental Game." NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, vol. 9 no. 1, 2000, pp. 208-224. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/nin.2001.0019.

Newspaper article from a Database

Davis, Hank. "Mental Game Gets Help Now ; Jays almost Alone in using a Counsellor to Assist Players." Toronto Star: SP04. Sep 12 2001. ProQuest, http://libproxy.library.wmich.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/438332445?accountid-15099

Citing Social Media in MLA 7th ed.

Use the examples from MLA's 7th edition below to help format citations from these popular social media sites.

Facebook

Lastname, Firstname [or username or page name]. "First several words of the post..." Facebook. Day Month Year posted. Time posted AM/PM [if available]. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Facebook. 18 Apr 2012. 1:38 PM. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <www.facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067>.


Tumblr

Username. "First several words of Tumblr post (if any, otherwise omit)..." Title of Tumbler blog. Day Month Year posted. Time posted AM/PM (if available). Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Osbro. 13 Apr 2013. 1:38 PM. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <URL>.


Twitter

@Username. "Full text of tweet." Twitter. Day Month Year posted. Time posted AM/PM. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

@libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2;30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter. 18 June 2013. 4:39 PM. Web. 23 June 2013. <twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366>.


YouTube

Lastname, Firstname of creator [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website. Day Month Year posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube. 18 Apr 2013. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpc028>.


Instagram

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "First several words of Instagram post (if any)."  Instagram. Day Month Year posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." 18 Apr 2013. Instagram. 23 Apr 2013. <instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/>.


Soundcloud

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." Publishing Website. Day Month Year posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." SoundCloud. 18 Apr 2013. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats>.