4.2 Citing Sources in MLA

Every time you quote or paraphrase information in your paper, you must cite where it came from. You’ll include an in-text citation in the paper by the quote or paraphrase, and a corresponding citation in the bibliography at the end of your paper. Your bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the sources you used and cited in your paper.

MLA is frequently used in the humanities, including most English classes at UVU. Here are examples for the most commonly cited sources in MLA style. Remember to follow these examples exactly, including the capitalization, punctuation, italics, and hanging indent.


Fisher, Marc. Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the revolution that shaped a generation. Random House, 2007. Author is Marc Fisher. Title of the book is Something in the air: radio, rock, and the revolution that shaped a generation. Publisher is Random House. Date is 2007.


Cahney, Damien. "Dress, Transformation, and Conformity in the Heavy Rock Subculture." Journal of Business Research, vol. 69, no. 1, 2016, pp. 155-165. PsycInfo, doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.07.029. Author is Chaney. Article title is Dress, Transformation, and Conformity in the heavy rock subculture. Journal title is Journal of Business Research. Volume it 69. Issue is 1. Date is 2016. Pages is 155-165. Database is PsycINFO. Doi number is 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.07.029.


Holthouser, Jim. "Celebrating the Intersection of Rock & Politics." Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 19 May 2016, www.rockhall.com/celebrating-intersection-rock-politics. Author is Holthouser. Page title is "Celebrating the Intersection of Rock & Politics." Name of site is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Date of last update is 19 May 2016. URL is www.rockhall.com/celebrating-intersection-rock-politics