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EOF Summer Institute Library Assignment: MLA Citation Style

A guide for finding resources for the Sociology library assignment for Summer 2019 EOF Summer Institute.

Automatic Citations

QuickSearch has a citation generator built-in so that you can copy and paste citations for the resources you find. Follow the steps listed:

1. While in the resource's record in QuickSearch, select the quotation mark icon that says Citation.

screenshot of the quicksearch page and citation icon

2. Select the appropriate citation style (MLA). Confirm the citation looks correct. Highlight it, copy, and then paste it in your document. 

screenshot of citation in quicksearch

Academic Articles

To cite an academic article, make sure you have:

  1. Author(s) name(s)
  2. Name of the article
  3. Name of the publication/journal the article was published in
  4. Volume and Issue of the publication/journal
  5. Any page numbers (if the article has page numbers)
  6. URL or DOI of the article

Format the citation like this:

Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Vol. #, no. #, Year, pp. ##, URL or DOI. 

Books and eBooks

To cite a book or ebook, make sure you have:

  1. Author(s) name(s)
  2. Title of the book
  3. Other contributors, such as editors
  4. Version or edition of the book
  5. Publisher name
  6. Publication date
  7. Publisher location 

All of this information is usually found at the front of the book.

Format the citation of a physical book like this:

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of Book. City of publication, Publisher, Publication Date.

Format the citation of an ebook like this: 

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of Book, ebook, City of publication, Publisher, Publication Date.

Other Types of Resources

Webpage (include as much information as you can find):

Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Title of Webpage." Name of Website, URL. 

Online government document, such as a report or briefing:

Title of Document: Subtitle if Given. Edition if given and is not first edition, Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee, Publication Date, URL. Accessed Access Date.

Statistics from a website:

Author Last Name, First Name. "Title of Document: Subtitle if Any." Title of Website, Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of copyright or date last modified/updated, URL. Accessed Date.

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