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MLA Citation Page: Examples

This page includes sources that will help you prepare a List of Works Cited in MLA format.

Formats for In-Text Citations

Examples of MLA In-Text Citations (Author-Page Format) Adapted from the Purdue OWL

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263). Author-Page. Note that no comma is used in MLA between the author and the page number.

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). Page only because author was already mentioned in the sentence.

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263). Page only because author was already mentioned in the sentence. Note that an in-text citation has to be used even though this is a paraphrase and not an exact quote.

Your Works Cited entry for all these in-text citations would look like this:


Works Cited

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967.  Print.


For more information, go to the In-Text Citations Page of the Purdue Online Writing Laboratory (OWL).

Core Elements

When putting together a works cited page in MLA format you have to look for these core elements. Depending on the source type, some elements may be more important than others. For example a scholarly journal does not need a publisher but a book does. If you need any help please ask a librarian.

Image credit: Modern Language Association. MLA core elements. 2016,

Formats for List of Works Cited


Hinton, Alexander Laban, ed.  Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions. 
    Cambridge University  Press, 1999. 

Work from a Library Subscription Service (Online Journal Article)

Hartmann, Douglas, and Gerteis, Joseph. "Dealing with Diversity: Mapping 

    Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms."  Sociological Theory, vol. 23, 2005,

    pp. 218-240.  Academic Search Premier, URL: 

Article from a Scholarly Journal (Print)

Watson, James D., and Crick, Francis H.C.  "A Structure for Deoxyribose 

    Nucleic Acid." Nature, vol.171. no.4356, 1953, pp. 737-38. 

Article from a Newspaper

Watkins, Paul. "A Promise of Redemption: A Memoir by a Young Lawyer, the 

    Son of a White American Mother and a Black Kenyan Father."  New York
    Times, 6 Aug 1995, p. BR 17. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York



Watkins, Ann V., Fong, Bonnie, and Tipton, Roberta. "Citing Your Sources."  Merck-Rutgers Summer 

​Bioethics Institute. Rutgers University Libraries, 5 July 2013.


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