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ENGL 1101 Summer: Quick MLA Guide : MLA Citations

Quick MLA Guide for Career Research

Elements of a Citation

Author/ Creator  - (This can be a person, a group of people, organization, or corporation)

Title of the source - (The name of the article, webpage, chapter, image, etc.)

Name of Publisher - (The name of the website, journal, newspaper, etc the source was published in.

Date Published - (When was the source published? If date is not available, put the date you accessed the source instead at the end of the citation). 

Where to find it - (Give the direct link or location of the source; URL) 

MLA Citations: Quick Guide

How to Cite an Article from Ferguson's Database

Format: "Title of Article." Database in italics, Publisher of Database, Copyright Date, URL.

Example: "Medical Assistants." Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, Infobase, 2020,

How to Cite a Journal/Magazine Article from a Database

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, Date of Publication, page number(s). Database Name (if electronic), URL.

How to Cite a Website

Format: Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Website in Italics, Website Publisher (if different than title), Date of publication, URL.

Example: "Medical Assistant." Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 Apr. 2019,

Example: "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019: 27-1022 Fashion Designers." Occupational Employment Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6 July 2020,

*Note:  Exclude publisher if title of website and publisher are the same.
*Note: If website does not have a date, add an access date at the end after the URL: Accessed 7 November 2023. 
*Note: Do not include the http:// or https:// in the URL.

Citing Test Results from Career OneStop Career Assessment

Format: "Career OneStop Interest Profiler" CareerOneStop, Year, URL. Results for Student Name. Access Date.

Example:  "TypeFocus Career Assessments." TypeFocus, 2020, Results for Jane Doe. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

*Note: The Access Date should be the date you got your results. 

Citing an Image from the Web

Format: Creator(s). “Title of Image.” Website Title in Italics, Website Publisher (if different than title), Date, URL.

Example: “Kim Kardashian.” Vanity Fair, Condé Nast, 11 Jan. 2004,


MLA In Text Citations

 Author and Page Numbers

Place the author’s last name and page number in parenthesis. If the in-text citation is at the end of a sentence, place the period outside the parenthesis.

Example 1: (Hennessy 81).

Example 2: (Hennessy 81-82).

No Page Numbers

If a source has no page numbers, omit the page number. Keep in mind, most electronic sources do not include pages.

Example 1: ("Medical Assistants")

Example 2: (Jones)

No Author

If the source has no author, your in-text citation will use the title of the source that starts your works cited entry. The title may appear in the sentence itself or, abbreviated, before the page number in parenthesis.

Example 1: (“Noon” 508).

Example 2: (“Climate Model Simulations").

2 Authors

If the entry on the Works Cited page begins with the names of two authors, include both last names in the in-text citation, connected by and.

Example: (Dorris and Erdrich 23).

3+ Authors

If the source has three or more authors, include the first author’s last name followed by et al.

Example: (Burdick et al. 42).

This is a summary of what we covered today. This material was borrowed from: Stiwinter, Katherine. SCC Research Guides: COL 101 - Library Assignments: Cite Your Sources.