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citation guide: MLA Style Guide

Book
  • Form: Author. Title. Location : Publisher, Date of Publication.
  • Example: Gilman, Francis. Hysteria across states. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

 

Magazine Article From Online Database
  • Form: Author. "Title of Article." Name of Magazine Date: Pages. Name of Database. Online Service.
    If the database is through a library subscription, the name of the library and city or state abbreviation of the library. Date of access.
  • Example: Laver, Ross. "The Wheel Thing. Maclean's 15 May 1995: 56. Proquest. Golden Gate University, CA. 29 April 2003. http://0-proquest.umi.com.library.ggu.edu/.

 

Journal Article From Online Database
  • Form: Author. "Title of Article." Name of Journal Volume number.Issue number (year of publication): Pages. Name of Database. Online Service. If the database is through a library subscription, the name of the library and city or state abbreviation of the library. Date of access.
  • Example: Wender, Esther H. "Attention Disorders: The Advance Is a Return to Basics." Western Journal of Medicine 166.5 (1997): 343. Proquest. Golden Gate University, CA. 29 April 2003. http://0-proquest.umi.com.library.ggu.edu/.

 

Newspaper Article From Online Database
  • Form: Author. "Title of Article." Name of Newspaper Date: SectionPage. Name of Database. Online Service. If the database is through a library subscription, the name of the library and city or state abbreviation of the library. Date of access .
  • Example: Greene, Jay. "How to Make a Splash: Waking a Sleeping Giant." The Seattle Times 25 April 1999: G1. Proquest. Golden Gate University, CA. 15 February 2003. .

 

Basic Web Page
  • Form: Author. "Title." Latest update of site. Date of access.
  • Example: Lee, Gary Yia. "Refugees from Laos: Historical Background and Causes." 1990. 30 June 2001.

 

Government Publications
  • Form: Author (if known or Government and agency). Title. Volume or Session information. Location: Publisher, Date.
  • Example: United States. Cong. Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. Hearings. 79th Cong., 1st and 2nd sess. 32 vols. Washington: GPO, 1946.

 

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Legal Sources

If your paper has many law or legal references use The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.

Do not underline or enclose in quotation marks the titles of laws, acts and similar documents in either the text or the list of works cited. While lawyers use many abbreviations, when using MLA you would only use the most common abbreviations. Some of these are:

  • USC for United States Code
  • US for United States
  • Sec for Section
  • Pub. L. for Public Law
  • Stat. for Statutes at Large
  • USPQ for United States Patent Quarterly
  • Super. for Superior
  • Ct. for Court

Names of law cases are similarly abbreviated - Brown v. Board of Ed. for Oliver Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, but the first important word of each party's name is always spelled out. Names of law cases are underlined or italicized in the text of the paper but not in the bibliographic entry. A law case would also include the volume, the page, the name of the court that decided the case and the year of the decision

Stevens v. National Broadcasting Co. 148 USPQ 755. CA Super. Ct. 1966.