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MLA Citations and Formatting: MLA Citations and Formatting

Formatting a Research Paper

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MLA 8 update: Sources on your works cited page should be listed in the following order:

  1. Author.
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location.

After each item should be the punctuation as shown above. 

A container is the larger whole where you found the source. For example, when citing a website you would list the title of the page you are using for "title of source," but then list the name of the website itself for "title of container."

Here is an example of such a citation:

Daum, Meghan. "New Memoirs Show How the Other Half Lives." The New York Times. 
     10 Oct. 2016, 
     Accessed 10 Oct. 2016. 

You can see how the title of the source is the title of the article, and The New York Times is the larger container/source where the article was found.

For a book, the title of the book would be the title of source and there would be no title of container.

However, if you were citing a poem from a book a poetry, then the title of the poem would be the title of source and the book title would be the title of container.

You can avoid all of this confusion by using the link to the right for Noodletools where you can cite all of your sources quickly and easily! 

MLA Examples

Example of citing a tweet:

@WSJ. “Generation X went from the most successful in terms of homeownership rates in 2004 to the least successful by 2015.” Twitter, 8 Apr. 2016, 4:30 p.m.,

Sample MLA Formatted Paper

Click on the image below to see an example of a completed, MLA-formatted paper.

Get Started with NoodleTools

Log in: NoodleTools

  • Create a personal ID, using your Bensalem login and password (that you use to login to school computers).
  • If NoodleTools asks for the school authentication information, the ID is bensalemhs and the password is owls.
  • To start a new project, click the New Project button on the top left.
  • Choose MLA Advanced (unless otherwise directed by your teacher).
  • Give your project a name. 
  • Click Sources and then Create a New Citation to start citing sources.

In-text Citations

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