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JCOM 4410 - Gender and the Mass Media: MLA


MLA: Getting Started

One of the main goals with citing your sources is to get your readers back to the original source. Therefore, you need to include enough information in your in-text citation to get your reader to the correct citation in your Works Cited list and enough information in the citations in your Works Cited list to get your reader back to the original source.

According to MLA style guidelines, you typically need as much of the following information as you can find about your sources:

  • Author and/or editor names
  • Title of the website, book, or article (plus the magazine or journal title)
  • Publication information (date, volume and issue for magazines, publisher name and location for books)
  • Format of the source: web, print, DVD, etc.
  • Date you accessed the source, if online

See the short video below for details about the types of information you need to include when citing particularly websites in MLA style and how to find a handy quick guide online:

Quick Guides

Research and Documentation Online


MLA Formatting and Style Guide (from the OWL at Purdue University)

MLA style is the guideline most frequently used for papers in English and other Humanities subjects.

Along the left side of the help guide linked above, click MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics for help formatting the citations within your paper (in-text citations) and click the options for MLA Works Cited Page for help citing the Works Cited list at the end of your paper.