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Citing Sources & Style Manuals

MLA Examples

Basic Form

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book: Subtitle if Any. Edition if given and is not first edition, Publisher, Year of publication.
 

Example

Anderson, Paul V. Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach. 7th ed., Wadsworth, 2011.

Basic Form

Author(s) Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Subtitle if Any." Title of Journal, Volume Number (vol.), Issue Number (no.), Date of Publication, First Page Number - Last Page Number (pp.). Name of Database, DOI Number (if available) (doi).
 

Example

Bednarek, Janet R. "Open Sky: The Broad Range of Recent Scholarship in Aviation History." Mobility in History, vol. 4, no. 1, 2013, pp. 89-94. Academic OneFile, doi:10.3167/mih.2013.040109.

Basic Form

Last Name, First Name (if known). "Title of Work." Title of Website, Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of copyright or date last modified/updated, URL. Date of Access.
 

Example

Tabor, Abigail. "Designing Future Human Space Exploration on Hawaii’s Lava Fields." Moon to Mars, NASA, 06 Dec. 2017, https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/designing-future-human-space-exploration-on-hawaii-s-lava-fields. Accessed 10 Mar. 2020.

Basic Form

Government, branch, agency. Regulation Title, year published. Source of information.  Date accessed.
 

Example

United States, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration. Federal Aviation Regulations. Part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, 1989. Washington, D.C. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration. Accessed 15 Mar. 2020.

Basic Form

Author or Corporate Author. Title: Subtitle if Any. Report Number. Publisher, Date of publication, URL. Date of Access. (for reports retrieved from the Internet)
 

Example

Stierhoff, Kevin, Zwolinksi, Juan, & Demer, David. Distribution, biomass, and demography of coastal pelagic fishes in California current ecosystems during summer 2018 based on acoustic-trawl sampling. Report No. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-613, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, March, 2019. https://swfsc.noaa.gov/publications/TM/SWFSC/NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-613.pdf. Accessed 24 Mar. 2020.

Basic Form

Author Last Name, First Name. Title of dataset. (Version). Publisher location: Publisher name, Date of publication. Medium of publication. Date accessed. doi/url of data.
 

Example

United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Table 1-46: Air passenger travel departures from the United States to selected foreign countries. United States: United States Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 1 May 2019. Electronic dataset. Accessed 05 Mar. 2020. https://www.bts.gov/content/air-passenger-travel-departures-united-states-selected-foreign-countries-thousands.