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The examples listed below were created by VVC librarians and are based on the 7th ed. of the MLA Handbook. These examples represent some of the most often used resources found in the VVC library. For further examples, please refer to copies of the handbook located in the library stacks (LB 2369 G53 2009) and on the dictionary stands.

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Citing Print Sources
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Print Sources

 Book by one author  [MLA 5.5.2]

Bracewell, Michael. Re-make, Remodel: Becoming Roxy Music. Cambridge: Da Capo,

2008. Print.

 Book by two authors  [MLA 5.5.4]

Haugen, David M., and Susan Musser. Media Violence. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2009. Print.

 Book by an organization or corporate author  [MLA 5.5.5] 

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:

DSM-IV-TR. 4th ed., text rev. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association,

2000. Print.

 Article in a reference book  [MLA 5.5.7]

Bains, David R. "Contemporary Worship: Trends and Patterns in Christian America." Faith in

America. Ed. Charles H. Lippy. Vol. 3. Westport: Praeger, 2006. 1-23. Print.

 Book with an editor  [MLA 5.5.2] 

Beiser, Frederick K., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth Century

Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 2008. Print.
 Work in an anthology  [MLA 5.5.6]

Park, Ruth. “Playing Beatie Bow.” Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature. Eds. Jack Zipes,

et al. New York: Norton, 2005. 699-794. Print.
 Article from a magazine  [MLA 5.4.6]

Isaacson, Walter. "How to Raise the Standard in America’s Schools." Time 27 Apr. 2009: 32+.

 Article from a scholarly journal  [MLA 5.4.2]

Bossen, Ann L., Janet K. Pringle Specht, and Sharon E. McKenzie. "Needs of People With

Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease." Journal of Gerontological Nursing 35.3 (2009):

8-15. Print.

 Article from the "Taking Sides" series  [MLA 5.5.6]

Rosenbaum, Sara, and Jonathan Gruber. "Is it Fair to Require Individuals to Purchase

Health Insurance? Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues.

Ed. Carol Levine. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. 288-90. Print.

 Article from the "Gale Literary" series  [MLA 5.5.6]:

Hedrick, Joan D. "Journeying Across the Ghostly Wastes of a Dead World." Solitary Comrade:

Jack London and His Work. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P., 1982. Rpt. in Short

Story Criticism. Ed. Justin Karr. Vol. 49. Farmington Hills: Gale, 2002. 340-3. Print.
 Newspaper article  [MLA 5.4.5]

Edwards, Brooke. "Dozens Show Support for Apple Valley Fire." Daily Press [Victorville] 30

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Online Sources

 Periodicals found in an Online Database  [ MLA 5.6.4 ]

 Magazine article from an online database - Academic Search Premier:

Loughran, Edward J. "The Cycle of Reform and Retrenchment in Juvenile Justice." Corrections

Today Feb. 2011: 6+. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.
 Journal article from an online database - Academic Search Premier

Wohlers, Anton E. "Regulating Genetically Modified Food." Politics and the Life Sciences 29.2

(2010): 17-39. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.
 Newspaper article from an online database - Newspaper Source Plus and LexisNexis

Marinucci, Carla. "Governor Rips GOP Stance on Climate Change." San Francisco Chronicle

16 Dec. 2011: A1. Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.

Nagourney, Adam, and Felicity Barringer. "Fees and Anger Rise in California Water War."

New York Times 24 Apr. 2012: A1. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.

 Article from an online database- CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints  

Clemmitt, Marsha. "Internet Regulations: Are Stiffer Rules Needed to Protect Web Content?" CQ

Researcher 13 Apr. 2012. CQ Researcher. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.


Byrd, Robert C. “Undocumented Workers Should Not Receive Legal Status.” Opposing

Viewpoints: Legal System. Ed. Clare Hanrahan. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2008.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Apr. 2012.

 Article from an online database - Literature Resource Center

Nel, Philip. "'Said a Bird in the Midst of a Blitz...': How World War II Created Dr. Seuss."

Mosaic 34.2(2001): 65. Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Apr. 2012.

 General and Non-periodicals Web publications  [ MLA 5.6.1 & 5.6.2 ]

 Article from an online encyclopedia - Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Strawson, Galen. “Free Will.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge, 19 Apr. 2011.

Web. 25 Apr. 2012.
 Electronic book citation - EBSCOhost eBooks

Harrold, Stanley. Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War. Chapel Hill: U of North

Carolina P., 2010. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 25 Apr. 2012.
 Internet source - Special collection or scholarly project

"Baseball and Jackie Robinson." American Memory. Library of Congress, n.d. Web.

25 Apr. 2012.

“The Civil War: Women and the Homefront." Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History

and Culture. Duke U Libraries, n.d. Web. 25 June 2012.
 Internet source - Document from professional site or information database

“Cancer Alternative Therapies.” MedlinePlus. United States National Library of Medicine,

National Institutes of Health, 12 Feb. 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2012.
 Internet source - Personal page  *Include URL for obscure Web sites or when required by instructor.

Bidstrup, Scott. “Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives”. N.p., 2009.

Web. 26 Apr. 2012. <>.

 Internet source - Article from a news service

Censky, Annalyn. “U.S. Companies Betting Big in China.” Cable News

Network, 26 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2012.
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