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Citation Styles & Tools

A brief explanation of citation fundamentals and a guide to useful resources.

MLA citations

Peer-reviewed articles (single author)

Peer-reviewed articles are the most commonly cited academic materials. They are typically published in academic journals, which may be either print- or Web-based. Some Web-based journals do not include page numbers.

 

Books (single author)

Books by one author are among the simplest materials to cite.

 

Book chapter (or essay in an anthology)

Collective works, which typically include several chapters or essays by various authors on a single theme or topic, are common in academia.

 

Online periodical (news or magazine article)

Real-world examples would include the Web versions of the Seattle Times and People.

 

Simple website

The following would only apply if you were citing a basic website, not articles or pages found within a site.

 

Online encyclopedia/dictionary

This is the format you would use if, for example, you were citing material from the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Online resources

MLA Style Guides @ Brooks Library