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Citation Examples--MLA 8

The Managing Sources: Cite page will provide you with citation helpers, but see the subpages here for examples of some less common or potentially confusing source types. (Please note: the Spirit of Inquiry Guide supports library instruction in freshman English classes for the most part, and the citation style used in English is MLA 8th edition. For help with other citation styles, please see the Citation Styles Research Guide.)  

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     Television, Art, and Images

     Emails, Interviews, and Music

     Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Podcasts

Citation Cheat Sheet

This citation format "cheat sheet" can help you become familiar with how to cite the most frequently used types of sources.


Article found on the internet: 

Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Article title.” Publication Name, Publisher/Producer, Publication date, link.  


Clarey, Christopher. "Serena Williams Reminds the Wimbledon Field That She Is Still a Force." New York Times,

     The New York Times Company, 06 July 2019,



Note that this article was found on the internet, but is really an article from the New York Times newspaper, which is a print source that is accessible online.


In contrast, see below for an article found on a website for an organization. Notice that there is not an individual author for this one. Sometimes there won't be a publication date either, but just the copyright date for the website itself (found at the bottom of the page with a copyright symbol like this ©.) 


Article from a website: 


"Remembering Chris Kraft.", National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 22 July 2019,  


Print book:


Author Last Name, Author First Name. Book Title. Publisher, Date of Publication.


Cep, Casey. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. Knopf, 2019. 




Author Last Name, Author First Name. E-Book title. Publisher, Publication date, pp. #s. Database name, permalink.


Note that when you cite an ebook, you give "credit" to the database which houses it, which in this case is ProQuest Ebook Central.  


Pope, Denise Clark. Doing School: How we are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated

     StudentsYale University Press, 2001. ProQuest Ebook Central,



Article found in a database:


Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Article Title.” Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, date of publication, pp. #s. Database name, permalink.


Travers, Jasmine L. “Climate Change, Climate Justice, and a Call for Action.” Nursing Economics, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 2019,

     pp. 9–12. Academic Search


Note here that Nursing Economics is the name of the scholarly journal in which the article appears, and Academic Search Premier is the database which houses that journal (and many others). 


Here is an article from a magazine (as opposed to a scholarly journal) that is also accessible through a database:


Hertsgaard, Mark, and Kyle Pope. "Fixing the Media’s Climate Failure.” Nationvol. 308, no. 13, May 2019,

     pp. 12–21. Academic Search