Book with one author:
Author (last name, first name). Title of Book. City, State of publication: publishing
company, year published.
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 5th ed. New York: Modern
Language Association, 1999.
Book with two authors:
Author (last name, first name) and 2nd Author (first name last name). Title of Book. City, State of
publication: publishing company, year published.
*Note* New York listed alone as a citation city and state is OK. It is assumed that this is for New York, New York. This assumption is due to the fact New York City is the publishing capital of our country.
Bone, Jan and Ana Fernandez. Opportunities in Film Careers. New York: VGM Career Books, 2004.
Author (last name, first name). "Mag. article title". Name of magazine or journal. date (month
day, year). page number.
Powers, Lara. "Cats and Why We Love Them". Cat Fancy. June 12, 2009. p. 12.
Author if known (last name, first name). "Title of excerpt in encyclopedia". Encyclopedia name,
Nightingale, Dave. “Mays, Willie.” World Book, 2004 ed.
Reference book with signed article:
Author of article (last name, first name). "Title of article" Title of reference book, volume number.
Author/editor of reference book. City, State of publication, Publishing company, year of
Ross, Courtney B. “Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Great Events from North American History. Vol. 3.
Ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1977. 1023-1024.
Unsigned article from an online subscription source:
Article title. Title of reference book. Year: page number. editor's name. Online database. Online publisher. URL. Date accessed.
“Gayle Sayers.” Contemporary Black Biography. 2001: 28. ed. Ashyia Henderson. Biography Resource
“Gale Sayers.” Biography on A&E. 2004. http://www.biography.com/search. 30 March 2006.
Film or video recording:
It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra. Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed. RKO, 1946.
Franklin, Aretha. “Respect.” Forrest Gump: the Soundtrack. Sony, 1994.
Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph
From a book:
Cassatt, Mary. Mother and Child. Wichita Art Museum. American Painting: 1560-1913. By
John Pace. New York: McGraw, 1964.
From a web site:
Fuqua, Paul. Butterfly Landing on a Flower. 2003. United Streaming. 29 March 2006.
For examples not included here, consult the MLA Handbook, 6th edition at 808 Gib, a media specialist, or one of your teachers.