The MLA 8th edition simplifies the rules and order of core elements needed to create bibliographic citations. The basic order of the elements and the correct punctuation that divides them is listed below. In most cases you will not use all these elements in a citation, only what is important or relevant to your source.
Please note that MLA citations are doubled spaced.
To view examples of in-text citations in MLA format, see the samples in the PDF above.
Which words to capitalize in an MLA? The basic rule of thumb, according the Purdue OWL, is to "capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle: Gone with the Wind, The Art of War, There Is Nothing Left to Lose."
According to the MLA Handbook, (Eighth ed.) (67):
The rules for capitalizing titles are strict. In a title or a subtitle, capitalize the first word, the last word, and all principal words, including those that follow hyphens in compound terms.
Therefore, capitalize the following parts of speech:
Do not capitalize the following parts of speech when they fall in the middle of a title:
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