MLA 8th Edition Citations

Plug in your information just like you do with your graphic organizer then hit the button at the bottom to create the citation for your Works Cited Page.

Author Directions

The lead author should be listed by Last Name, First Name. If this person is the editor, check the Editor box.

The secondary author should be listed as First and then Last with no comma. If this person is the editor, check the Editor box.

If there are more than two authors, check the More Than Two Authors box.

The author section will end with a period after you hit the Add to Works Cited button. You do not need to put the period in yourself.

Author.



Example Author Output
One Author

Thomas, Joe.

Two Authors

Thomas, Joe and Peter Parker.

Only an Editor

Thomas, Joe, editor.

More than Two Authors

Thomas, Joe, et. al.

Title Directions

Type the title of the webpage (not the title of the website, just the single page you are on).

Type the chapter or section titles if only using a single chapter or section of a book. If you are using the whole book, skip this section.

The title will automatically be put in quotation marks after you hit the Add to Works Cited button at the bottom.

"Title of Source."

No quotes or period necessary.

Example Title Output
Title of Webpage

Thomas, Joe. "The Spiderman Webpage."

Note that this webpage might be on the Marvel website, but it is the title of the specific page we are on.

Title of Chapter in Book

Lee, Stan. "The Rise of Superhero Movies."

Note that this is a chapter title in a larger book all about superheroes.

Container Directions

The container is the source as a whole such as the website name (not the individual webpage), books on a single topic, magazines, newpapers, or reference books. There is always a container.

The container will be italicized in the Works Cited.

The container will end with a period if you have not entered a title, otherwise, the container will end with a comma.

Container,
Example Container Output
Webpage Container

Thomas, Joe. "The Spiderman Webpage." Marvel,

Book Container with Title of Source (where you only use a chapter on a specific topic within the book)

Lee, Stan. "The Rise of Superhero Movies." All About Superheroes,

Book Container with no Title of Source (where the whole book is about a single topic so you don't use a chapter as the title)

Wilson, Wade. I'm Breaking the 4th Wall Right Now.

Contributor Directions

This part is only for books and only when there are contributors listed on the title page of the book.

If there are other contributors (such as an editor, translator, content consultant, illustrator, or other contributor), the works cited will start with "Edited by John Doe" or "edited by John Doe" depending other whether there is a period or comma in front of it.

Other contributors,
Input First Name then Last Name
Leave blank if none
Example Contributor Output
Contributor if only a container

Henshaw, Hank. Green Martian Poetry. Translated by Cara Danvers,

Contributor if a title and a container

Henshaw, Hank. "Gra'k Zo'brik." Green Martian Poetry, translated by Cara Danvers,

Version Directions

This is only for books and only when it is listed on the title page. The version is also known as the edition of the book.

Version,

Example Version Output

Henshaw, Hank. "Gra'k Zo'brik." Green Martian Poetry, translated by Cara Danvers, 3rd ed.,

Number Directions

This is only for print sources that have a number on the title page. That usually is for magazines, newspapers, or other periodicals and may be called the volume number.

Number,

Example Number Output
Volume number of a magazine

Lee, Stan. "How Comicbooks Changed My Life." Marvel Monthly, vol. 837,

Publisher Directions

The publisher is the company that produced the source. You can often find the name of the company next to the copyright symbol.

Publisher,

Example Publisher Output
Chapter in a book published by the company Marvel

Parker, Peter. "Tensile Strength of Titanium Webs." The Science of Me, edited by Tony Stark, 4th ed., Marvel, Inc.,

Date Directions

List the date published (copyright date, date posted online, or the date last updated) in the order of day then month then year with no commas in between like 19 Jan 2017.

If you can't find a full date, use the most accurate you can find even if it's only a single year or range of years.

Date published,

Example Date Output
Date ends in comma if you still have a URL to give as location afterwards

Parker, Peter. "Tensile Strength of Titanium Webs." The Science of Me, edited by Tony Stark, 4th ed., Marvel, Inc., 13 July 2002,

If no location, ends with period.

Parker, Peter. The Science of Me, edited by Tony Stark, 4th ed., Marvel, Inc., 13 July 2002.

No exact date with a URL to still add afterwards

McCoy, Hank. "Theories on the Origins of Inhumans." Ongoing Mutation Research, other contributions by Charles Xavier, Xavier Foundation for the Gifted and Talented, 2001-2017,

Location Directions

If a website, list the URL where you accessed this source.

Write the page numbers if you are using a section of a book as the title of the source.

Since this is always last, it will have a period at the end added after you hit the Add to Works Cited button.

Location.
Example Location Output
Website location

Stark, Tony and Steve Rogers. "What It Means to Be a Hero." Captain America: Civil War, edited by Natasha Romanoff, Marvel Inc., 2016, www.captainamerica.com/civil-war/to-be-a-hero.html.

Book location with page numbers

Eisenhardt, Max. "Why Villains have Magnetic Personalities" Character Perspectives, edited by Ben Urich, Marvel Inc., 2016, pp. 27-32.

WORKS CITED