Q: Need help with MLA style?


Note: MLA Bibliographies are titled Works Cited and are double spaced with a hanging indent.


When citing a print book with one author, format as such:

Author Last, Author First. Title. Publisher, date.


Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Penguin books, 1994.


Citations of online books are formatted as:

Author Last, Author First. Title. Format, Digital publisher, Publication Date.


Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Epub, Project Gutenberg, 2021


If you are citing an article you found in a database:

Author Last, Author First. "Article Title." Journal Name, vol. #, no. #, season or month (if more than one issue published annually) year, page numbers. Database Name, URL.


Giltrow, Janet, and David Stouck. "Style as politics in 'The Great Gatsby.'." Studies in the Novel, vol. 29, no. 4, winter 1997, pp. 476+. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 9 Jan. 2023.


If you are citing an online newspaper article:

Author Last, Author First. "Title." Publication, Date (formatted dd mm yyyy), URL

Cowley, Stacy. “Challenges to Student Loan Cancellation Reach Supreme Court.” The New York Times, 27 Feb. 2023,


Note: that this guide is meant for quick reference and by no means covers every citation need you may have. If you need more assistance, check our Writing and Citation Guides, and always feel free to get help.