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MLA 8 Citation Guide


Title of source
The title of the source should follow the author’s name. Depending upon the type of source, it should be listed in italics or quotation marks.

A book should be in italics:

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. MacMurray, 1999.  

A website should be in italics:

Lundman, Susan. "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow,

A periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper article) should be in quotation marks:

Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.

A song or piece of music or album should be in quotation marks:

Beyoncé. "Pray You Catch Me." LemonadeParkwood Entertainment, 2016,

NOTE: MLA recommends including URLs when citing online sources.  

NOTE: If a journal article provides a doi (digital object identifier) it is preferred over a URL

Title of Sources