MLA Works Cited Review

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11890

There are a gazillion webpages out there, and they seem so commonplace we take them for granted. Add them to tons of printed material and citing gets confusing. Review the simple steps for MLA citing!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What information do citations for books, articles, and webpages all share in common? Now is when all your citation knowledge comes together!

Books, articles, and web pages actually all share common information.

The way the information is presented just looks a little different, depending on the type of source you are citing. For example, all sources cite the author's name, the name of the source, the source's publication information, and the date the source was published. However, publication information for a web page looks different from a book or article because a web page is an online source, while books and articles are print sources.

Articles and books printed online are considered online sources and follow the format for citing online sources. Below are the general formats for citing a book, an article from a magazine, an article from a newspaper, an article in a journal, and a web page. Review the general formats one more time:


Author(s). Book Title Editor, Edition, Publisher, Publication Date.

Article in a magazine

Author(s). "Article Title." Magazine Title, Date, Page Numbers.

Article in a newspaper

Author(s). "Article Title." Newspaper Title, Edition, Date, Page Numbers.

Article in a journal

Author(s). "Article Title." Journal Title, Volume, Issue, Year, Page Numbers.

Web page

Author(s). "Web page Title." Website Title, Publisher, Publication Date, Page or Paragraph Numbers, URL. Date of Access (if applicable).

After reviewing the general formats for the five different types of sources, what similarities do you see among the citation formats? What differences can you discern among the five types of sources? Discuss these similarities and differences with your parent or teacher, then move on to the Got It? section to test your knowledge of MLA Works Cited page citations.

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