How to Format the Location in MLA 8

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How to Format the Location in MLA 8

In many cases, your readers will want to view your cited sources for themselves.  This is why it’s important to provide the precise location within a source from which you took your information.  The way this information is included in a citation differs by source:

 

For Print Resources:

  • Include any page ranges to help readers locate the specific information themselves.
  • When citing one page, place ‘p.’ prior to the page number.
  • For a range of pages, use “pp.” prior to the page numbers

Example of a Single Page Location:

Weir, Andy. The Martian, Reprint Edition. Broadway Books. 2014, p. 84.

 

Example of a Multiple Page Location:

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening, Avon Books, 1994, pp. 18-24.

 

For Online Sources:

When citing online sources, the location is the URL or DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number.  Keep in mind that:

  • When there is one available, the DOI is favored over a URL, because while URLs often change, the DOI will always stay the same..
  • When including a URL, use a permalink whenever possible, because it is generally more stable and shorter in length.

Examples:

Bui, Hoang. “How to Get Financial Freedom When You Can’t Increase Your

Salary.” Elite Daily, Mar. 30, 2016, elitedaily.com/money/financial-

freedom-increase-salary/1375196/.

Sassen, Catherine, and Diane Wahl. “Fostering Research and Publication in

Academic Libraries.” College and Research Libraries, July 2014. ERIC,

EJ1066504.

 


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