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HIS 4575 America in the 1960s: Cite Sources - MLA

Search Strategies for Primary Sources plus Citation Information for History


RefWorks is a tool for managing all your citations.

  • Organize citations into folders by class or topic.
  • Automatically create formatted references lists.
  • Use within Word to create formatted in-text citations.

Learn more by taking a tutorial,  viewing a Quick-Start Guide (pdf), or using the RefWorks libguide.

You can export citations from many databases into RefWorks.  Just look for an "Export" link.

MLA Style Resources

The following books are helpful for citing in MLA Style:

MLA Style Examples: In-Text Citations

An example of in-text citations for MLA style is below:

in text

Author's names and page numbers are included in the citation. In the case of a corporate author, the title of the body is used (i.e., the Board of Trustees, as in the second citation above).

MLA Style Examples: Works Cited

An example of an MLA Works Cited is below:

MLA Works Cited

Note that the date an article is accessed is placed at the end of the citation.

MLA Style for Citing Archival Items

Items from an archives are cited slightly differently than books, journal articles, or web pages. All Works Cited List citations for archival items will include these elements: the creator of the document (may be a group); the title of the specific item cited; the date of the item; the box and file number; and the name of the repository, including the city of the repository.

For example:

Board of Trustees. Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. 10 April 1968, Board of Trustees Records, 1891-1994. Seattle Pacific University Archives, Seattle.

Olson, Melvin N. Memorandum, "Prayer for Dr. King." 6 April 1968. President's Office Collection. Cascade College Archives, Portland, OR.

In-text citations are treated the same way as citations for other resource types.

For more examples, consult this Purdue University guide - scroll to the bottom of the page.