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Kenzie, Susan Wegener, Maryam Ghafoor, Purdue OWL Staff Last Edited: 2018-07-09 The following overview should help you better understand how to cite sources using MLA eighth edition, including the list of works cited and in-text citations.
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If you’re unsure about which date to use, go with the date of the source’s original publication.
In the following example, Mutant Enemy is the primary production company, and “Hush” was released in 1999.
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Earlier editions of the handbook included the place of publication and required different punctuation (such as journal editions in parentheses and colons after issue numbers).In the current version, punctuation is simpler (only commas and periods separate the elements), and information about the source is kept to the basics.Begin the entry with the author’s last name, followed by a comma and the rest of the name, as presented in the work. *The eighth edition handbook recommends including URLs when citing online sources.This is the way to create a general citation for a television episode.However, if you are discussing, for example, the historical context in which the episode originally aired, you should cite the full date.For example, if you want to cite a poem that is listed in a collection of poems, the individual poem is the source, while the larger collection is the container.The title of the container is usually italicized and followed by a comma, since the information that follows next describes the container.For example, a television series might have aired on a broadcast network on one date, but released on on a different date.When the source has more than one date, it is sufficient to use the date that is most relevant to your use of it.The author should include any information that helps readers easily identify the source, without including unnecessary information that may be distracting.The following is a list of select optional elements that should be part of a documented source at the writer’s discretion.