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Modern Foreign Language Citation Guide

Works Cited

The information on this page is intended for your formal Works Cited page. This is a guide intended to help you cite images, videos, podcasts, and online articles that you may use in your project.

If you have a type of information not covered in the examples I have brought over here, I recommend visiting the OWL at Purdue's section on MLA citations. They cover just about every example under the sun, and while that can make the site challenging to navigate, it also makes it an invaluable resource for finding exactly what you need.

And if you have any interest in using a citation management tool, OWU offers support for Zotero and EndNote. If you want more information about either of these tools, please check out the linked guides below.

Citing Text in MLA

To cite a book:

Author's Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher's Location, Publisher, Date.

Treuer, David. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. New York City, Riverhead Books, 2019.

*note: If you are citing a specific translation of a book, you can add that in easily. There, the form becomes:

Author's Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Translated by First Name Last Name, Publisher's Location, Publisher, Date.

To cite an article from a website:

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title." Website, url.url. Accessed Day Month Year.

Pinion, Kyle. "Atlanta Film Critics Circle (AFCC) Names NOMADLAND the Year's Best Film." ScreenRex, Accessed 5 April 2021.

Citing Images in MLA

To cite an online reproduction of a physical work of art (such as a painting or sculpture):

Artist's Last Name, First Name. Title of the Painting. Year. Museum, City where the painting is housed. Name of the website, url, Accessed Day Month Year.

O'Keeffe, Georgia. New York Street with Moon. 1925. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Georgia O'Keeffe: Biography, Paintings, and Quotes,, Accessed 2 April 2021.

To cite an image that originated online:

Artist's Last Name, Artist's First Name. "Title." Website, Publisher, Day Month Year, url

Green, KC. "On Fire." Gunshow, 9 January 2013,

Citing Video in MLA

To cite a film:

Title. Directed by Director Name, performances by Performer Name, Performer Name, and Performer Name, Studio/Distributor, Year.

Love & Basketball. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, performances by Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, New Line Cinema, 2000.

To cite an online video:

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Video Title." Service, uploaded by Channel Title, DD MMM YYYY, url.url.url

Rugnetta, Mike. "Is Super Mario Brothers A Surrealist Masterpiece?." YouTube, uploaded by PBS Idea Channel, 20 July 2017,

Citing Podcasts in MLA

To cite a podcast:

"Episode Title." Podcast Title from Publisher, Day Month Year, url.

"The Battle of July 4th." Uprising: A Guide from Portland by iHeartRadio, 15 December 2020, www.