Note: MLA has recently updated their citation standards from 7th to 8th edition. This guide's examples are currently being revised to reflect those changes. Please note the descriptions for each citation when using this guide. If you need help, contact a librarian.
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A Works Cited entry for MLA 8th edition utilizes several core elements. These core elements provide a means to cite almost everything, without worrying as much about the minutiae formerly required depending on the medium of the material cited.
The core elements are as follows, in order of how they should appear. Depending on the source, omit core elements that do not apply.
Note that when using these core elements to produce a works cited entry, use the punctuation following each core element - either a period or comma. Remembering which semicolon or colon needs to go where is a thing of the past with MLA 8th edition.
An additional website with details and guidelines for MLA-Style formatting is the Purdue Online Writing Lab's MLA Formatting and Style Guide. It has been updated in places to reflect 8th edition MLA style.