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COMP-102, -102H/HONR-101 Composition II/Artistic Expression, Course Research Guide

A course library research research guide to supplement the LIBBI. Provides suggested resources, search strategies, and research tips to support the course assignments and student research needs.

Always check the print style manual and your professor's recommendations for citation accuracy.

See: opens new windowCiting Sources: MLA Style

General MLA Style Information

For URLs do not include https:// at the beginning of the URL.
When available, use the permalink for the URL (In EBSCO databases, click "Permalink" in the right sidebar under "Tools.")
Include the URL (permalink) or DOI (opens new windowDigital Object Identifier).
Accessed date is not required, but may be provided if you wish. Check with your professor's guidelines.

Basic MLA Style Examples

Article in magazine. Includes optional accessed date.

Gliatto, Tom, et al. “1936-2017 Mary Tyler Moore. (Cover Story).” People, vol. 87, no. 7, Feb. 2017, pp. 54–62. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 29 Apr. 2020.

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Journal Article with URL

Fowler, Cary. “A ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault to Protect the World’s Diversity.” Journal of International Affairs, vol. 67, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2014, pp. 141–146. Academic Search Complete,

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Journal Article with DOI

Latham, Laura S., et al. “Chocolate-Guilty Pleasure or Healthy Supplement?” Journal of Clinical Hypertension, vol. 16, no. 2, Feb. 2014, pp. 101–106. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1111/jch.12223.

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Websites for Additional MLA Resources

MLA Style Center (Modern Language Association)

To organize key elements in your citation, use the opens newwindowopens new windowMLA opens new window interactive Practice Template from MLA Handbook (8th ed.), PDF, by the Modern Language Association (,

- opens new windowHow to cite an online video?
- opens new windowUsing MLA Format
- opens new windowWorks Cited: A Quick guide
- FAQs, MLA Style Center

In-Text Citations Without Page Numbers

When page numbers are not fixed (the page numbering is not the same in all formats) or not available, use a label identifying abbreviation for the number reference. Use a comma to separate the author from a reference that is not a page number.

(Smith 27) page number 27
(Smith, par. 6) paragraph 6
(Smith, pars. 6-7) paragraphs 6 and 7
(Smith, ch. 4) chapter 4

MLA Handbook, 8th edition (pp. 36, 123-127) - Call number opens new windowLB2369.G53 2016
The Little, Brown Handbook, 13th edition (pp. 638-640) - Call number opens new windowPE1112.F644 2016.