MLA, the Seventh Edition

Originally, MLA distinguished each type of text (e.g. books, periodicals, web pages, etc.) differently for the Works Cited page.

For a more thorough breakdown of how the distinctions were made, check out these two guides: MLA tips and formatting

MLA, the Eighth Edition

The Eighth edition of MLA has changed some of the formatting of the Works Cited page. The order in which information is listed is as follows with the correct corresponding punctuation:

Author. Title of Source. Title of Container, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.

Author: the author’s last name is followed by a comma and then the author’s fist name.

Title of Source: the title of the source is usually primarily displayed. The entry of the title should be a full representation of the piece. A colon should separate the primary title from the secondary title. The source should be in quotation marks if it is part of a larger work. The source should be in italics if it is self-contained and independent.

Title of Container: The container represents the larger whole of a source. The entry of the container is normally italicized and should be followed by a comma, since the information that comes next describes the container. (E.g., book collection title, periodical, television series, web site, comic book series, etc.)

Other Contributors: Other people may be involved in the creation of the source referenced. If their participation is important to the research conducted or to identifying the source, name the other contributors in the entry. Precede each name with a description of the role. (E.g., adapted by, directed by, edited by, translated by, etc.)

Version: If the source indicates that it is a version of the work, identify the version in the entry. Books are commonly identified as editions instead of versions.

Number: If the source is part of a numbered sequence, include the sequence number in the entry. (E.g., vol. #, no. # / season #, episode # / etc.)

Publisher: The publisher is the organization primarily responsible for producing or making the source available to the public.

Publication date: The publication date is the one that is most meaningful or most relevant to the source.

Location: The location is specific to the medium of the source. For print media, the location is indicated by page numbers (formatted as “p.” for a single page followed by the number or “pp.” for multiple pages followed by the numerical range). The location of an online source is primarily indicated by the URL or web address. The location in a DVD set is indicated by the disc number.