Element sequence

  1. Author. (HELP)
  2. "Title of source." (HELP)
  3. Title of Container, (HELP)
  4. Other Contributor, (HELP)
  5. Version, (HELP)
  6. Number, (HELP)
  7. Publisher, (HELP)
  8. Publication Date, (HELP)
  9. Location. (HELP)

The MLA 8 Videos

Elements of a Citation:

MLA - The overview
MLA 8 Citations break down

More on Formatting Bibliography Page

Bibliographies are H.A.R.D.

  • Header
  • Alphabetized
  • Reverse indented
  • Double-spaced

This is a no-brainer! Don't lose points on this.

  • 1 inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • Size 12 Times New Roman
  • Hanging margins (see video) --->
  • Arranged alphabetically according to the first word in the citation (after A, An, or The)
  • No abbreviations (cheat sheet)!

MLA 8's Elements

MLA 8 guidelines break a citation into nine elements (left). It is OK to omit elements that do not exist. Some sources may have multiple containers (element 3).

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Public Database Cheat Sheet A