Selected guide from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.
Last Updated: Sep 6, 2012
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variety of formats. The citations are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition. For complete
guidelines and information, please refer to the book; there are several
copies at the ZSR reference desk.
Here are a few guidelines to get you started:
- All MLA
citations should be double spaced.
- The first line should be flush with the left margin. All other
lines should be indented.
- Use the form of the author's name used on the title page, not
- Capitalize every important word in the title.
- Italicize titles of books and names of journals; put article
titles in quotation marks.
- If the item you are citing has a subtitle, put a colon between the main title
and the subtitle. Subtitles must be included in the citation; if you are citing a book, use the
title information provided on the title page of the book, not the spine
- If the place of publication lists several cities, use the first
city given; do not include the state, province, or country after the
- Publishers' names should be shortened by following the
guidelines provided. See MLA Handbook 7.5.
- Include the medium of publication consulted such as Print, Web, Television, Radio, Interview, etc.