Citation in MLA Style

Give credit where credit is do! It is important to properly cite the use of images, social media and other non-traditional sources. To cite a source means to quote or assign credit to the originators of the material. For additional references in citing other commons sources, go to Purdue Online Writing Lab

  Citing Images
Basic Elements

Artist’s Last name, First name
Title of work
Date it was created or placed on the website
Location of Work (Institution, museum, collection)
Website and/or Database name
Medium of publication (i.e. Web)
Date of access
URL is optional

Biggart, Bill. September 11, 2001. 10 Aug 2012. Flickr Creative Commons. Web.
25 Nov 2013.

  Citing Social Media

Blog Post

Author's last name, first. "Title of the article." Title of blog. Publisher, Date of post. Blog Post. Access date.
Nusz, Meagan. "We're Ready to Go For Team USA!." The Chronicle of the Horse. 3 Oct. 2013. Blog Entry. 3 Oct. 2013


Sender's last name, first. "Subject of Message."  Message to Recipient's Name. Message date. E-mail.
Arc, Cosimos. "How to Cite E-Mail in MLA." Message to Joan Arc. 22 Aug. 2012. E-Mail


Author name. "Posting Title." Facebook. Date posted. Web [Date accessed. <web address>
The Daily Show. "The Reason I Jump' is one of the most remarkable books I think I've ever read." - Jon Stewart to author David Mitchell." Facebook. 2 Oct. 2013. <>


Author's real name and, in parentheses, user name if both are known and differ. If user name only, cite it alone. Entire tweet entry in quotation marks while keeping the capitalization. Date and time of the message and medium of the publication (Tweet).
Jon Stewart (jonstewartshow). "Just caught myself having 2 txt conversations on 2 different iPones, while writing an email on my iPad." 11 Jan 2013, 4:42 .pm. Tweet.


Editor or Author name (if available). "Posting Title". Name of the Site. Version number. Organization name affliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of video creation. Web. Access date.
CNN. "Wolf to Anderson Cooper: Quit giggling." 3 Jun, 2013. YouTube. Web. 3 Oct. 2013.

  Citing Non-Traditional Sources
Broadcast Television

Episode in quotes. Show italized. Network. Affliation and city. Original air date. Television
"The Junior Mint." Seinfeld. NBC.WNDU, South Bend. 18 March 1993. Television


Company or store name. "Title of Commercial, if known). Network. Date you saw it. Television Commercial
MolsonCoors."The Most Interesting Man in the World.". ABC. 3 Nov 2011. Television Commerical


Two examples to emphasize specific directors (dir) or performers (perf). Italized title. Production Company. Year released. Film
Spielberg, Steven. dir. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Paramount Pictures. 1981. Film

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Harrison Ford. Paramount Pictures. 1981. Film

Sound Recordings

Artist full name. Song title or album italized. Recording label. Release date. Medium
Frank Sinatra. New York New York. Reprise. 1980. 7" single.