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Assignment | Social Impact Annotated Bibliography (Pentecost): MLA Style

ENGL 1301 | Prof. R. Pentecost (Fall 2021)

Example Citations

General Model

Lastname, Author. "Title of Article." Name of Publication, vol. #, no. #, YYYY, pp. X-Y. Name of Library Database, permalink/doi.


Forbes, Yvette, and Caroline Donovan. “The Role of Internalised Weight Stigma and Self‐compassion in the Psychological Well‐being of Overweight and Obese Women.” Australian Psychologist, vol. 54, no. 6, Dec. 2019, pp. 471–482. Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection,

Hesse, Biber, Sharlene, et al. “Parent of Origin Differences in Psychosocial Burden and Approach to BRCA Risk Management.” Breast Journal, vol. 26, no. 4, Apr. 2020, pp. 734–738. EBSCOhost,

Karnaze, Anna. “You Are Where You Eat: Discrimination in the National School Lunch Program.” Northwestern University Law Review, vol. 113, no. 3, Oct. 2018, pp. 629–666. Academic Search Complete,,cpid&custid=s1088435&db=a9h&AN=133263447&site=ehost-live.


  • Authors:
    • One Author: Lastname, Author.
    • Two Authors: Lastname, Author1, and Author2 Lastname2.
    • Three or more Authors: Lastname, Author1, et al.
  • Dates: Abbreviate all months except May, June, July.
  • Look for a permalink or stable url. Do not, generally, copy the link from the top of the browser for database articles! A DOI (digital object identifier) is a specific number starting with "10." and will be labelled as such.

These are going to very consistent! Sometimes you'll have a link or a DOI, sometimes the date might be a little different...but otherwise, there won't be much difference between these citations.

General Model

Lastname, Author. "Title of Article." Name of Website, Website Publisher, DD Mon. YYYY, url.

  • Be sure the article title in your citation Uses Headline Capitalization Which Capitalizes Major Words... even if it's mostly lower case in the source.
  • Get the website name from the page itself, not the address. Everything is a something-dot-whatever, but that doesn't mean the .gov/.com/etc is actually part of the site name.
  • If the publisher is the same as the site name (e.g. NASA is the publisher of, leave off the publisher to avoid redundancy.

Remember, if any info is missing, just skip over it!


Named Author Examples

Fryar, Cheryl D., et al. Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Severe Obesity Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 1960–1962 Through 2017–2018. National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dec. 2020,

Fryar et al. is a pdf report, which is a standalone source. That's why the title is in italics instead of quotes. Not all pdfs are standalone reports, though!


McLean, Margaret. "When What We Know Outstrips What We Can Do." Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, 11 Nov. 2015,

Yu, Qiuping, et al. "Research: When a Higher Minimum Wage Leads to Lower Compensation." Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Publishing, 10 June 2021,

No Author Examples

"Security Screening." Transportation Security Administration, Accessed 15 Nov. 2021.

This page doesn't have its own date, so we included an access date at the end. Notice that, like all MLA dates, it goes day, month, year!


"Fat Shaming in the Doctor's Office Can Be Mentally and Physically Harmful." American Psychological Association, 3 Aug. 2017,

Pro-tip! Be wary of "recommended citations" on webpages and even citation tool auto-generated citations. The first is often outdated or a made-up citation style (rather than the MLA you need to follow), and the other is only as good as the site's metadata, which isn't created with citations in mind. They do okay with some sites but create useless citations for others.