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Umoja ASTEP: How to Cite

This guide will help you find the resources you need for the Umoja ASTEP learning community at Bakersfield College.

MLA Citation

This page will help you with MLA citation for your sources. If you need further help, please use the links below or ask a reference librarian.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Citing Your Sources in MLA Style

To cite a book...

Author(s). Title. Publisher, date.

Rieff, David. The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-first Century.
            Simon & Schuster, 2015.

To cite a reference book (or work within an anthology)...

Author(s). "Title of article." Title of collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), volume, date.


Stranges, Anthony N. "Oil from Coal Process." Encyclopedia of 20th-century Technology, edited by Colin A. Hempstead, 2004.

To cite a journal article from a scholarly database...

Author(s). "Title of article." Journal, vol., no., date, pages. Databases, provider, URL. Date accessed.

Ilie, Gabriela, et al. "Energy Drinks, Alcohol, Sports, and Traumatic Brain Injuries among Adolescents." PLoS ONE,
            vol. 10, no. 9, 16 Sept. 2016, pp. 1-13. Academic Search Premier, EBSCO,
            login?url=                                                live&scope=site. Accessed 23 Aug. 2016.

Note: If available, use the "Permalink" option when copying the URL. This is a neater, shorter version of the URL.