This page will help you identify elements to distinguish one kind of MLA style citation from another. For example, what is the difference between a book and a journal citation?
The citations below are in the MLA style (8th edition) and show the elements you should look out for including authors, editors, publication information, etc. These elements will be present in some form in most common citation styles.
The animation above shows an article cited in the MLA 8 format (view non-animated version).
To distinguish an article from other kinds of sources, look for:
Citations for articles accessed online often list the article's stable URL at the end of the citation:
The animation above shows a book cited in the MLA 8 format (view non-animated version).
To distinguish a book from other kinds of sources, look for:
The animation above shows a single chapter from a book cited in the MLA 8 format (view non-animated version).
To distinguish a book chapter from other kinds of sources, look for:
Samenow, Jason, and Andrew Freedman. "Greenland ice sheet is in the throes of one of its greatest melting events ever recorded." Washington Post, 31 July 2019, n.p.
United States, Congress. Public Law 115-16: Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. Public and Private Laws, vol. 131, Feb. 2017, p. 11-12. U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-115publ6/pdf/PLAW-115publ6.pdf.
Mabillard, Amanda. Shakespeare Online, 29 Dec. 2011, www.shakespeare-online.com. Accessed 6 Aug. 2019.
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