Skip to Main Content

MLA Format 8th Edition: Basic Elements of the MLA Citation

How to create citations using the 8th edition (2016) of MLA Format, which is the standard for all English classes at Cuesta College

Core Elements

Each entry in the list of works cited is composed of facts common to most works—the MLA core elements. They are assembled in a specific order. Not all elements are present in each citation.

[taken from]


The concept of containers is crucial to MLA style. When the source being documented forms part of a larger whole, the larger whole can be thought of as a container that holds the source. For example, a short story may be contained in an anthology. The short story is the source, and the anthology is the container.

[taken from]

Video on Containers in MLA

Marquette University has created a 4 1/2 minute video to explain MLA 8th edition style.

Practice Template

Learn how to use the MLA practice template to create entries in the list of works cited.

[taken from]