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AMT 206 - Manufacturing Design Project

Cite Your Sources in MLA Format

Here are a few examples to help you cite your sources in MLA format:

How to Cite and Entire Book or Ebook (Print or Electronic) 

Format: Author(s). Title of Book in Italics. Edition, Publisher, Year. Database Name in Italics. (if electronic)

*Note: if using a print book, skip the database name.


How to Cite Part of a Book or Ebook (Print or Electronic)

Format: Author(s). "Title of Part." Title of Book, edited by Editor, edition, vol. #, Publisher, Year, page

number(s). Database Name (if electronic).


How to Cite a Journal Article from a Database

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, Date of Publication, page

number(s). Database Name (if electronic).


How to Cite a Website

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Website in Italics, Website Publisher (if different than title), Date of

Publication, URL.

*Note: Exclude publisher if title of website and publisher are the same.

*Note: If website does not have a date, add an access date at the end after the URL: Accessed 7 May 2016.

*Note: Do not include the http:// or https:// in the URL.

In-Text Citations

What are In-Text Citations?

If you quote, paraphrase, or summarize a source in your paper, it needs to be cited in the text. An in-text citation contains just enough information to help the reader find a source on the Works Cited page. A typical in-text citation will include what comes first on the Works Cited page, such as author or title, followed by exact page number (if available) of the information used. Often, with electronic sources, you may not know the page number your information came from. In these cases, skip the page number and just use the author or title.

For help with in-text citations, check out our MLA In-text Handout or our sample paper


Typical In-text citation with 1 Author and Page Number(s)

Place the author's last name and page number in parenthesis. If the in-text citation lands at the end of a sentence, place the period outside the parenthesis.

Example 1: (Hennessy 81).

Example 2: (Hennessy 81-82).


No Page Numbers

If a source has no page numbers, omit the page number. Keep in mind, most internet sources do not include pages.

Example 1: ("Everyday Victims").

Example 2: (Jones).


No Author/Anonymous Author

If the source has no author, your in-text citation will use the title of the source that starts your Works Cited entry. The title may appear in the sentence itself or, abbreviated, before the page number in parenthesis. Follow the same format as the Works Cited entry; i.e., if the title is in quotes or italics in the Works Cited entry, then it should match -- quotes or italics -- in the in-text entry. Exclude any initial article in the title such as a, an, the. Titles can be abbreviated as long as it's clear which title on the Works Cited page you're referring to.

Example 1: ("Noon" 508).

Example 2: (Faulkner's Novels 25).


Additional Examples

More examples of In-text citations.

View example paper.

MLA Handouts