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HLI 334: Chaucer: The Journey and the Dreams

A course guide designed to assist students in HLI 334.

MLA 8: How to Cite A Source

Type of reference

Exact Wording


Enclose in quotes, with the author and page number in parentheses



Paraphrase with attribution to original author with page number, no quotation marks

Long Quotes (4+ lines or 3+ lines of verse)


Indent full quotation with (Author page number) after period, no quotation marks (unless part of quote)

Works Cited


Include everything you quoted or were influenced by in the list of works cited
(note: for requirements of works cited page, see box below)


“My cat’s fur is brown” (Smith 23).

Smith observed that the fur on his cat was brown (23).

My cat… scratched me. (Smith 23)

Smith, Max. “My Cat.” Journal of Feline Felicities, vol. 43, no. 2, Jan. 1999, pp. 19-34.

Writing Help

MLA 8: Formatting a Citation

Author(s).“Title of Source.” Title of Container, version, number, Publisher, Publication date, Location. Database, Location. Accessed __.



Author - see box below for uses of author names

"Title of Source" - article, website, blog post, book chapter, essay in anthology, tweet.

Title of Container - journal, webpage, blog, book, Twitter.

Version - edition, volume.

Location - page numbers (pp.), URL, DOI. Database locations should be DOI or permalink URLs.

Accessed - use for websites and social media posts.



Smith, Max. “My Cat.” Journal of Feline Felicities, vol. 43, no. 2, Jan. 1999, pp. 19-34.

Smith, Max. All About My Cat. Clear Mountain Publishers, 1999.


Help with Works Cited

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MLA Style Guide

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) of Purdue University has become well known for their MLA style guide (as well as APA and Chicago styles). While the many intricacies of both formats can only be found in the published guides, the OWL versions can answer many of the more common questions about citing various types of sources.