MLA 8th Edition Works Cited Formatting, Part 1

8th Ed WC of Book

In-text Citation EXAMPLE: (Wordsworth #)


8th Ed WC of Online Article

“Superman (Clark Kent).” DC Database. Accessed 27 Mar.


In-text Citation EXAMPLE: (“Superman”)* **

*I can make this abbreviation to the title here only if there are NO other citations or sources that start with “Superman” as their title. Any other sources that start with “Superman” would need to include more of the title to distinguish this one from those.

**Please note that I kept the quotation marks from the title in the in-text citation.


8th Ed WC of Online Magazine

In-text Citation EXAMPLE: (Dean #)*

If there are page numbers I will want to include them. If not, simply use the author’s last name.


8th Ed WC of Scholarly Journal

In-text Citation EXAMPLE: (Gowdy #)


8th Ed WC of Doc or Movie

In-text Citation EXAMPLE: (An Inconvenient Truth)*

* Note that I left the title of the documentary/movie in italics as it appears in the works cited entry

8th Ed WC of TV Show

In-text Citation EXAMPLE: (“The One Where Chandler”)* **

*I can abbreviate the title here

**Please note that like in the Works Cited entry I kept the quotation marks for the title.



BA in History from Northwestern State, MA in English from Northwestern State, and PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman's University. Big into comic books and visual rhetoric. Assistant Professor of English at Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC.

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