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St. Clair County Community College Library
323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
Library main (810) 989-5640
Library fax (810) 989-5773
SMS (810) 515-7343

General guidelines

Use double spacing & hanging indentation on a works cited page, unless your instructor requests otherwise.


Arrange the items in your works cited page alphabetically by author. If no author is given, begin with the title. 

Abbreviate the names of all months except May, June, and July.

Only include the URL if the citation information may not lead readers to the source.  If you include an URL, it should follow the date of access, a period, and a space.  Enclose it in angle brackets and include a period at the end.  The URL does not necessarily have to be on one line. You can separate the URL after a forward slash ( / ).  Do not use a hyphen after the forward slash. 

Books & Short Stories


Author’s last name, author’s first name. Title of the Book. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium.

Morrison, Toni. A Mercy. New York: Knopf, 2008. Print.


Author’s last name, author’s first name. Title of the Book. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Name of database. Medium. Date of access.

Morrison, Toni. A Mercy. New York: Knopf, 2008. ebrary. Web. 28 May 2015.

Citing a Short Story

From a textbook or anthology

Last name, First name. "Title of Short Story." Title of Collection. Ed. Editor's Name(s). City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page range of entry. Medium of Publication.

Miller, Sue. "Appropriate Affect." American families: 28 short stories. Ed. Barbara H. Solomon. New York: New American Library, 1989. 365-78. Print.

From a collection by a single author

Last name, First name. "Title of short story." Title of collected work. City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page range of entry. Medium of Publication.

Maxwell, William. "A final report." All the days and nights: the collected storied of William Maxwell. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. 135-39. Print.



Citing Websites

Citing an Entire Web Site:

 List the name of the author, editor, compiler, or corporate author (such as the branches of government with their divisions and offices) if available. Next list the title of the site (in italics), the site provider followed by a comma (if none, list N.p.), followed by the date of publication or update, (if no date is provided write n.d.) Then write the medium of publication by writing Web, followed by a period and the date of access.  If the title is not available, use a descriptive term such as Home Page (Do not use italics or quotation marks). 

American Lung Association.  American Lung Association, 2009. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.


Citing a Short Work from a Web Site:

Author’s name (if known). “Title of the Short Work in Quotation Marks.” Then list the Title of the Site, italicized, and the rest of the information as for an entire web site (see above).

“Reebok International Ltd.” Hoover’s Online. Hoover’s, Inc., 2009. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

“Hourly News Summary.” National Public Radio. Natl. Public Radio, 6 May 2009. Web. 6 May 2015.

Articles & other documents from library databases

Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Volume number.issue number Date: Pages. Name of Database, the medium, and the date accessed.


EBSCOhost (journal article)

Sun, Ivan Y., and Jamie G. Longazel. “College Students' Alcohol-Related Problems: A Test of Competing Theories.” Journal of Criminal Justice 36.6 (2008): 554-62. Academic Search Elite. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.


Academic OneFile (magazine article) 

Williams, Florence.  “The Runner’s Footprint. (Carbon Footprint).” Runner’s World Nov. 2008:  64.  Academic OneFile. Web. 4 May 2014.


Literature Resource Center  (work in an anthology)

Malak, Amin. “Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the Dystopian Tradition.” Canadian Literature 112 (1987): 9-16. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 May 2014.


Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context (work in an anthology)

Smith, Wesley J. "The Right to Die Movement Supports Death on Demand." Current Controversies: Suicide. Ed. Paul Connors. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2007. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Web. 5 May 2014.


CQ Researcher Online

Billitteri, Thomas J. "High-Speed Trains: Does the United States Need Supertrains?" CQ Researcher 19.17 (2009): 397-420. CQ Researcher Online. Web. 5 May 2014.



The SC4 Library databases will generate MLA citations for you.  Look for the Citation Tools, How to Cite, or Cite links.