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HON 430 1001 Changing Notions of National Identity (Kepka): MLA Style

Modern Language Association (MLA)

MLA style citations have two components: IN-TEXT citations and the WORKS CITED that lists all sources at the end of the paper. 

IN-TEXT citations put the author's last name first and refer to the specific page in the book or article being cited that the quotation or paraphrase refers to. It's punctuated within parentheses within the text.

(Gebreyohannes 55)

If you use the author's name in the body of your paper, you may omit it in the in-text citation. 

In her memoir Fire Walkers, Bethlehem Gebreyohannes recounts how her brother Ali learned to distinguish automatic weapons fired by soldiers from the rifles used by villagers to chase away hyenas (56). 

The corresponding entry in the WORKS CITED begins with the author's last name and includes all page numbers for a journal article or book chapter. Each unit of the citation ends with a period.

print book

Gebreyohannes, Bethlehem Terrefe. Fire Walkers: Memoir. Mawenzi House Publishers, 2016.

ebook accessed through online ebook collection

Gebreyohannes, Bethlehem Terrefe. Fire Walkers : Memoir. Mawenzi House Publishers, 2016. EBSCOhost,


LaSalle, Peter. "Conundrum: A Story About Reading." New England Review, vol. 38 no. 1, 2017, p. 95-109. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ner.2017.0015.

The name of an article or chapter is always in quotation marks; the work that it is part of (journal or book) is italicized. Journals have a volume number, which usually changes once per year; they may have an issue number ("no. 1") or a season or month (winter 2016), or both. Include the full range of page numbers. 

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