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MLA Citation Guide (8th Edition): MLA 8th DOIs, URLs and More

8th Edition

MLA 8th Tips, DOIs, URLs and More


AEC (Academic Enhancement Center) of GGC Formatting Tips:

  • Always double space citations.
  • Always indent the second and forthcoming lines of the citation 0.5 in. This is called a "hanging indent".
  • If there is no information for a section of the citation, then move to the next section.
  • The AEC of GGC recommends the following:
    • 12 pt font
    • Times New Roman
    • Double space paper text and citations

If the Digital Object Identifier, (DOI)  is not listed, it might be found via a DOI locator.

If the DOI is longer than you prefer, try the  DOI and URL shortner.


Basic rules and preferred link options for digital content:

If the source has a DOI, use the DOI.

If the source does not have a DOI, use the permalink.

If the source has neither a DOI or a permalink, use the URL.

Example of DOI and permalink from a database record.

  • MLA Style Quick Look
  • Citation Style Chart (Purdue Owl) The Citation Style Chart "contains a PDF with a side-by-side comparison of APA, MLA, and CMS styles. To find a specific example of a citation, use the search function (Command + F for Mac, Control + F for PC) and type in the type of example you need, e.g., "Book," "Three or More Authors," "Journal Article," etc." Chart created by Justin King Rademaekers. Subsequent edits by Priya Sirohi, Brittany Biesiada, Vanessa Iacocca, and others.


Name  Information about the Guide
MLA Style Guide A companion to the  MLA Handbook, the style guide is a useful tool to both the student and professional.Produced by the Modern Language Association.

Purdue OWL 

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a resource for writing and research. OWL has comprehensive guides for the following citation styles: APAMLAChicago and AMA.

CC: MLA Citation Guide Columbia College Library's concise guide to MLA citation style

UMGC Citing Guide

University of Maryland Global Campus Citing Guide