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MLA Quick Citation Guide

Question 1

Hello! I am trying to cite a peer reviewed article in my essay. Im using MLA but the version im using does not offer page numbers, please what should I include in the parenthetical citation?


 Jenny, Fine Arts Librarian, answers:

To start, I recommend putting the title of the article you are citing into the library search and seeing if you can find a PDF version that includes the pages, so Feel free to chat us, and a librarian can assist you with that.

Once you locate a paginated copy, use the CTRL key and F to enable the "Find" function in the PDF to quickly find the quote you are citing rather than having to read it all over again.

According to MLA's 9th edition, put the author's last name and page number in parentheses: (Smith 12). 

Question 2

How do I cite an interview found on YouTube?


 Kelly, Social Sciences Librarian, answers:

Follow the MLA guidelines for documenting an interview, treating the interviewee as the author and providing the title of the video. Then, following the MLA guidelines for citing an online video, list YouTube in the Title of the Container element, the name of the uploader in the Contributor element, the date of upload in the Publication Date element, and the URL in the Location element:

West, Kanye. Jimmy Kimmel’s Full Interview with Kanye West. YouTube, uploaded by Jimmy Kimmel Live, 10 Aug. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmZjaYdS3fA.

The title of the video is italicized because it is a stand-alone work. Since it is clear who conducted the interview, there is no need to include the standard phrase “interview conducted by Jimmy Kimmel.”