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Assignment | Object Profile (Fritchey): MLA Citations

ENGL 1301 | Prof. C. Fritchey | Fall 2019

Example Citations

If you include the full citation as a caption with the image inside your paper, you can omit it from the Works Cited page.

Common Issues:

  • No known creator: skip it!
  • No official image title: make up a description as a stand-in. Do not add quotes or italics. Write like a sentence (mostly lower-case).
  • No date: skip it! (And don't use the overall copyright date for the entire site)

Wyeth, Andrew. Self-Portrait. 1945, National Academy Museum & School, New York. Google Arts & Culture,

Williams, John F. Photograph of a ship in a river. "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," by Zachary Fryer-Biggs, Sept. 2019. The Atlantic,

"Scissors and trident. Gallo-Roman civilization." Bridgeman Images: DeAgostini Library, edited by Bridgeman Images, 1st edition, 2014. Credo Reference,

Stanley, Alessandra. “‘Mad Men’ Strains to Stay as Button-Down as Ever.” The New York Times, 13 Aug. 2009,

"Scissors." The Chambers Dictionary, C.M. Schwarz, Chambers Harrap, 13th edition, 2015. Credo Reference,

Ice on Fire. Directed by Leila Conners, HBO Documentary Films, 2019. Kanopy,

Lang, Walter, director. Desk Set. Twentieth Century Fox, 1957,

In-Text vs Works Cited Citations

Every time you refer to information that is not your original conclusion and is not common knowledge, you must give credit to where that information comes from. You will typically note in parentheses the author's/authors' names and relevant page number. This allows you to give credit without wasting excessive page space or disrupting the flow of the paper.

The images below use MLA style, but APA functions the same way in this regard; it's just that APA in-text citations would also include a publication year.

Connecting the in-text citation with your works cited page: author's name in-text connects with the first author listed on the works cited

If an article doesn't have an author, your Works Cited citation will start with the article title, and your in-text citation will reflect that. It's all about making it easy for your reader to make a one-to-one connection by just skimming down the left edge of the Works Cited page.

Example of in-text vs Works Cited, when there's no author: the first few words of the article title form the connection instead of an author's name