MLA Citation - Mercy High School

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MLA Citation

Students at Mercy are required to use MLA guidelines for citation and are encouraged to consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. The Citation Machine from The Landmark Project and the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) may also be useful tools.

The following are models of the 2009 MLA citation style which illustrate general principles:


Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded. New York: Farrar, Straus and Geroux, 2008. Print.

Journal or Magazine Article

Johnson, George. "Plugging into the Sun." National Geographic 216.3 (2009): 28-51. Print.

Newspaper Article

Achenbach, Joel. "Images from Refurbished Hubble Pack Visual Punch; Telescope Allows Powerful New Look at Universe."  The Washington Post 10 Sept. 2009: A3+. Print.    

Articles in Reference Works

Snipes, Katherine. "Eleanor of Aquitaine." The Middle Ages, 477-1453. Ed. Shelley Wolbrink. Vol. 1. Pasadena: Salem, 2005. Print.

Articles Reprinted in Reference Works

Oates, Joyce Carol. "Frankenstein's Fallen Angel." Critical Inquiry 10.3 (1984): 543-54. Rpt. in Novels for Students. Ed. Diane Telgen. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1997. 197-9. Print.     


"Breast Cancer Statistics." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC, 6 July 2009. Web. 8 Oct. 2009.

Article from an Online Database

Zhang, Benzi. "Reading Amy Tan's Hologram: The Hundred Secret Senses." International Fiction Review 31.1-2 (2004): 13. Literature Resource Center. Web. 7 Oct. 2009.


Shain, Charles F. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1961. 45. DISCovering Authors, 3.0. Detroit: Gale, 1999. CD-ROM