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4.15: Core Elements

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    The 8th edition of the MLA Handbook suggests your documentation be guided by three principles:

    • “Cite simple traits shared by most works” (3).
    • “Remember that there is often more than one correct way to document a source” (4).
    • “Make your documentation useful to readers” (4).

    At the end of your paper you need to create an entry for each work you reference in your paper. This process has been simplified and streamlined in the 8th edition of MLA. Filling out the basic template (below) will help you build each Works Cited entry. Notice how you won’t always have information for each category.

    1. Author. Who created the source? Yabroff, Jennie.
    2. Title of source.

    Title of the specific source you are citing. this might be the whole book (in italics) or the title of an article within a magazine (in quotes).

    “Holy Hot Flash, Batman!”

    3. Title of container,

    Title of the larger “thing” containing your source. This might be the title of the magazine or the website where your article exists.


    4. Other contributors,

    Any additional noteworthy contributors like editors or translators. 5. Version, If your source has multiple


    6. Number, Numbers like the volume and issue number or episode number for a TV series. vol. 151, no. 2,

    7. Publisher, Organization that produces or sponsors the source. 8. Publication date, When the source was made available to the public. 14 Jan. 2008,

    9. Location.

    Where to find your source, this might be page numbers, a URL, doi #, or database name.

    pp. 7-8, Academic OneFile.

    Work Cited Yabroff, Jennie. “Holy Hot Flash, Batman!” Newsweek , vol. 151, no. 2, 14 Jan.

    2008, pp. 7-8, Academic OneFile.

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