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MLA Style Guide Eighth Edition



If the source is a version of the work released in more than one form, include the version. Books sometimes come in various editions which are similar to versions (revised edition, second edition, etc.).

In the works cited list, write ordinal numbers with Arabic numerals (2nd, 34th) and abbreviate revised (rev.) and edition (ed.)


The Bible. Authorized King James Version, Oxford UP, 1998.

Cheyfitz, Eric. The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan. Expanded ed.,
             U of Pennsylvania P, 1997.

Miller, Casey and Kate Swift. Words and Women. Updated ed., HarperCollins Publishers, 1991.

Newcomb, Horace, editor. Television: The Critical View. 7th ed., Oxford UP, 2007.


For periodicals, the version is the volume.
Aspiz, Harold.  “Walt Whitman: The Spermatic Imagination.” American Literature, vol. 56, no. 3, 1984, pp. 379-95.


Schubert, Franz. Piano Trio in E Flat Major D 929. Performance by Weiner Mozart-Trio, unabridged version, Deutsch 929,
             Preiser Records, 2011.

Scott, Ridley, director. Blade Runner, 1982. Performance by Harrison Ford, director's cut, Warner Bros., 1992.

Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Othello. Edited by Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine, version 1.3.1,
             Luminary Digital Media, 2013.