How to Format the Publication Date in MLA 8


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Formatting the Publication Date in MLA 8

The publication date refers to the date that the source was made available.  When formatting sources with  publication dates, keep the following in mind:


  • When there is more than one publication date, use the one that is most relevant to your research.
  • Include the date as it is shown on the source.
  • Online versions of articles sometimes display two dates: 1) the date the article was posted online and 2) the date that the printed version was published. If you used the online version, only include that date in your citation.


How to Cite an Article on a Website in MLA 8:

Richtel, Matt. “Texting and Driving? Watch Out for the Textalyzer.”The New

York Times, Apr. 27, 2016,


How to Cite a YouTube Video in MLA 8:

“Ew!” With Jennifer Lopez”, The Jimmy Fallon Show, 27 Feb. 2016,



*The MLA 8 Handbook recommends locating the publisher directly on the source rather than relying on online catalogs or book retailers, as their information may be incorrect.

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