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.

The detailed definition of the categories can be found here.

The template for books is as follows:

Last name, first of author. Book Title. Publisher, Year.

Below are a few examples of the information required for the MLA reference page citations:

Single author:

Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.

Two authors:

Dorris, Michael, and Louise Erdich. The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins

            Publishers, 1999.

Three or more:

Burdick, Anne, et al. Digital_Humanities. MIT P, 2012.

Translation of a text (without an author):

Beowulf. Translated by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy, edited by Sarah

            Anderson, Pearson, 2004.

If the translation is the element being prioritized in the paper utilizing the text:

Pevear, Richard, and Larissa Volokhonsky, translators. Crime and Punishment.

            By Feodor Dostoevsky, Vintage eBook, 1993.

Sullivan, Alan, and Timothy Murphy, translators. Beowulf. Edited by Sarah

            Anderson, Pearson, 2004.

If the text is found online:

Poe, Edgar. Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death.” The Complete Works of

            Edgar Allan Poe, edited by James A. Harrison, vol. 4, Thomas Y.

            Crowell, 1902, pp. 250-58. HathiTrust Digital Library,

            babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.3192407957368;view-1up;seq=266.

The template for a work in an anthology is as follows:

Last name, first of author. “Chapter Title.” Collection’s Title, edited by___, Publisher, year, pp. #-#.

Below are a few examples of the information required for the MLA reference page citations:

If the collection is an edited accumulation of different pieces from different authors:

Nunberg, Geoffrey, editor. The Future of the Book. U of California P, 1996.

If a normally independent work is published within a larger collection:

 Euripides. The Trojan Women. Ten Plays, translated by Pail Roche, New

            American Library, 1998, pp. 457-512.

If the source contains a contributor (e.g. translator) that is not part of the larger collection:

Fagih, Ahmed Ibrahim al-. The Singing of the Stars. Translated by Leila El

            Khalidi and Christopher Tingley. Short Arabic Plays: An Anthology,

            edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Interlink Books, 2003, pp. 140-57.

Optional Elements of MLA, the Eighth Edition:
  • Date of original publication
  • City of publication
  • Multivolume publication
  • Indicating if a work is part of a series
  • Indicating if a work is a transcript or a lecture/address
  • Original publication source
  • Date of access