This page will explain how to cite sources on an MLA Style Works Cited page. This list will focus on the most common kinds of sources.  Use the examples below to learn how to format the citation for each kind of source.  Remember that Works Cited page citations should be double spaced, with a hanging indent, and each citation in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

Journal Articles

Journal article citations begin with author last name, followed by first name,  article title, journal title, volume and issue number, month, year, page numbers, database name, and the link or DOI.

Bradley, Margaret. “Scientific Education versus Military Training: The Influence of Napoleon Bonaparte on the Ecole Polytechnique.” Annals of Science, vol. 32, no. 5, Sept. 1975, pp. 415-430. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/00033797500200381.



Books are simple to cite.  Citations begins with author last name and first initial, book title in italics, the name of the publisher, and finally the year of publication.  The format is the same for books or eBooks.

Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. Random House, 1990.

Website article with an author and a date of publication

It’s always best to find websites with the author name and date of publication if you can.  Here is an example of one.

Deresiewicz, William. “The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur.” The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2014, the-death-of-the-artist-and-the-birth-of- thecreative-entrepreneur/383497/.

Website article with no author or publication date

Many websites will not include important information like author name and date of publication.  The citation for these will begin with the website article title, then the name of the website, and lastly the URL.  Since there is no publication date include the date you accessed the website at the end.

“Diabetes.” MedlinePlus, Accessed 22 Aug 2020.


How you cite a textbook will be vary depending on if it has an author or an editor.

Here is how to cite a textbook with an author.  This also shows how to cite a textbook with more than one edition.

Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd ed., Pearson, 2004.

Here is an example of citing a textbook that has an editor instead of an author.

Sánchez Prado, Ignacio M., editor. Mexican Literature in Theory. Bloomsbury, 2018.



Citing YouTube videos begins with the title in quotation marks, YouTube in italics, the name of who uploaded the video, the date it was uploaded, and finally the URL.  If using YouTube try to find videos that were uploaded by trustworthy sources.

“How mRNA Vaccines work.” YouTube, uploaded by Harvard University, 16 February 2021,

For more details on how to cite sources for an MLA Style Works Cited page consult the MLA Style website, the MLA Style Guide book in the Library collection, or contact