Note each element ends in a comma or a period:
Most sources are part of a larger work. In MLA these larger works are called “containers.”
A few types of works are self-contained, and so are not part of a larger work, but are themselves a large work. Examples:
Use core elements 3 through 9 to give details about the container. Repeat these same elements (3 through 9) for works that have 2 containers. Example:
Kalish, Mildred Armstrong.
Kauffman, James M., and Harold J. Burbach.
Wolfteich, Claire E., et al.
Smith, John, and Margaret Jolly, editors.
Modern Language Association.
United States, National Institutes of Health.
Example of a shorter work: (The period goes before the closing quotation mark)
“A Perfect Day for Bananafish.”
Example of a longer work: (The text is in italics and ends with a period)
ScreenAgers: Lessons in Chaos from Digital Kids.
Photograph of sunset at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Journal of Education,
Webster’s New World College Dictionary,
Translated by Jay Rubin,
performances by James Stewart and Donna Reed,
vol. 42, no. 5,
season 2, episode 10,
U of Chicago P,
University of Iowa Museum of Art,
27 Aug. 1971,
The Art Institute of Chicago.
Accessed 7 June 2016.