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iLab: MLA 8th Guidelines

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2019 3:26 PM

Welcome

Welcome to the MLA 8th Guidelines Page for your iLab course. 

Please refer to the formulas below for formatting a proper citation.Take note that this is an abbreviated guide. 

For more information, navigate to the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

If you have any questions, please contact the librarian associated with your iLab section.

More than One Author in a Citation

Two Authors (applies to both books and articles)

Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name.

ex) Smith, John, and Carly Morrison.

 

Three or more Authors (applies to both books and articles)

Last Name, First Name, et al.

You will put et al. to indicate after the first author's last name to indicate and others.

ex) Pearson, Joshua, et al.

MLA 8th In Text Citations

If a page number is provided, follow the formats below:

In-Text Citation

(Jones 378).

 

In-Text Citation, Two Authors

​List the two author's last names.

(Jones and Miller 378).

 

In-Text Citation, Three or More Authors

You will put et al. to indicate after the first author's last name to indicate and others.

(Jones et al. 378).


When no page number is provided, please follow the formats below:

In-Text Citation, No Page Number Provided

(Jones).

 

In-Text Citation, Two Authors, No Page Number Provided

List the two author's last names.

(Jones and Miller).

 

In-Text Citation, Three or More Authors, No Page Number Provided

You will put et al. to indicate after the first author's last name to indicate and others​.

(Jones et al.).


If no author is provided, please follow the format below:

In-Text Citation, No Author. ("Use Title Instead").

If the source is titled "Clay Pot Snowman Tutorial", your in-text citation will be (“Clay Pot Snowman Tutorial”).

If the title is very long, shorten it by using only the first word. For example, the title “Allergies: Basic Info You Need to Know.” would be (“Allergies”).

Month Abbreviations

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • Mar.
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • Aug.
  • Sept.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.

For more information...

Please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab if you have any other questions regarding MLA 8th citation.

Websites

A Full Website:

The Buffalo History Museum. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 2018,
www.buffalohistory.org/


A Page on a Website with an Author:

Fong, Jonathan. "Clay Pot Snowman Tutorial." eHow, 7 Nov. 2017,
www.ehow.com/13661861/clay-pot-snowman-tutorial


A Page on a Website without an Author:

"Allergies: Basic Info You Need to Know." WebMD, 12 Aug. 2016, 
www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy basics

a News or Magazine Article from a Database

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the article.” Title of the newspaper, Version (if applicable), Numbers (if applicable), Publication date, Page numbers (if available). Title of the Database, URL.

Dewey, Caitlin. "London Plans to Ban Fast-Food Outlets Near Schools." Washington Post,
1 Dec. 2017. Infotrac Newsstand,
link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A516769322/STND?u=sunybuff_main&sid=STND&xid=8551bb81.

 

a Physical Book from the Library

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

Jones, Marlo. An Age of Inquiry, Penguin Books, 2015.

an eBook from the Library

Last Name, First Name. Title of eBook. Publisher, Publication Date. Database Name, URL.

Nicholas, Lorraine, and Geraldine Morris. Rethinking Dance History: A Reader. Taylor & Francis, 2004.
ProQuest Ebook Central, ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/buffalo/detail.action?docID=1487145#.
 

Scholarly Journal Article Citations

Journal Article from a Database with DOI available:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Name of Journal, vol., no., date, page numbers. Database Name, DOI.

Landes, Thomas. "Fresh Water Fisheries in the Great Lakes." Great Lakes Studies,
vol. 21, no. 1, 3 Mar. 2010, pp. 90-105. Academic Search Complete,
doi:10.1002/tox.20155. 


Journal Article from a Database with no DOI available:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Name of Journal, vol., no., date, page numbers. Database Name, URL.

Landes, Thomas. "Fresh Water Fisheries in the Great Lakes." Great Lakes Studies,
vol. 21, no. 1, 3 Mar. 2010, pp. 90-105. Academic Search Complete,
search.ebscohost.com.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/login.aspx?direct=true=ehost-live&scope=site.

 

an Image from a Website

Last Name, First Name (or username). "Title of Image." Name of Website, date, URL.

Jose and Roxeanne. "Flowers." Flickr, 31 Dec. 2017, flic.kr/p/8bD3aP