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MLA Citation Examples

Formatting dates

Dates should be formatted as: day, month, year. Sometimes a source will use a season, which will be formatted as: season, year.


8 Aug. 1990

June 2021

fall 2015

Date of access for online sources

If an online source lacks a publication date, or if the webpage has been updated or altered, you may provide an access date.

Lundman, Susan. “How to Make Vegetarian Chili.” eHow, Accessed 6 July 2015.

Undated sources

Jane Austen Society of Australia. "Sense & Sensibility." Jane Austen Society of North America. Map.

When the source you are citing has no publication date, omit that part of the citation. Do NOT write "no date" or "n.d.".

Month abbreviations

With the exception of May, June and July, the names of the months must be abbreviated in MLA works cited lists as follows:

  • January = Jan.
  • February = Feb.
  • March = Mar.
  • April = Apr.
  • August = Aug.
  • September = Sept.
  • October= Oct.
  • November = Nov.
  • December = Dec.