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MLA Style Example


Basic MLA Style Elements

MLA style is commonly used for writing and citing sources within the liberal arts and humanities. See Purdue Online Writing Lab for more information.

Author/Artist name
Title  (italicized)
Date created
Repository (museum, collection, individual)
Source (website or database italicized)
Date Accessed (not required; recommended)
URL (without https)



Blog Post
Username. "Title of the article." Title of the blog. Publisher, day, month, year posted, time posted (if available), URL.

Nusz, Meagan, "We're Ready to Go for Team USA!" The Chronicle of the Horse. 3 Oct. 2013

Author’s last name, first. "Subject of Message." Received by and the recipient's name. day, month year posted.

Doe, John. "Strategic Initiatives" Received by Jane Doe, 22 Aug 2012

Author or username. "Posting Title." Facebook. day, month, year posted, time posted (if available), URL.

The Daily Show. "The Reason I Jump' is one of the most remarkable books I think I've ever read." - Jon Stewart to author David Mitchell." Facebook. 2 Oct 2013.

Twitter handle (in place of author’s name). Entire tweet entry in quotation marks. Twitter. day, month, year posted, time posted, URL

@DailyShowJon. "Just caught myself having 2 txt conversations on 2 different iPhones, while writing an email on my iPad." Twitter. 11 Jan 2013, 4:42 p.m.

Author name (if available). "Posting Title". Youtube, uploaded by (Name of the Organization affiliated with the video), date uploaded. URL.

"Wolf to Anderson Cooper: Quit Giggling." YouTube, uploaded by CNN, 3 Oct. 2013.

Website (entire)
Editor/author. Name of Site. Version number, Name of institution.organization affliated with site, date of resource creation (if applicable), URL. Date Accessed (if applicable)

Massa, Denise J. Finding Visual Materials. Visual Resources Center at the University of Notre Dame. Accessed 14 Nov 2017.