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MLA Style Citation Guide - Langara Library

Basic Format

The MLA 8th ed. does not provide rules for citing specific types of resources. They provide a universal set of guidelines for any type of material based based on the core elements. The examples provided in this libguide were created by a Langara College librarian and follow this format.

The MLA Style Center:

Note about citing images included in your paper

There is no need to repeat the citation in the Works Cited if the source is cited directly below each image included. Refer to the artwork by figure number in the body of the essay.

You are permitted to include any Artstor image in your assignments as long as it’s not posted on an unrestricted website. Under fair dealing and educational exception, you can generally include an image found on the web in your assignments. For more details, see Copyright at Langara on the Library’s Website.

In-text reference example: Elvis I and Elvis II (see fig. 2) repeats the same pattern as… 

Marilyn Diptych, a painting by Andy Warhol

Fig. 1. Warhol, Andy. Marilyn Diptych. 1962. Tate Galleries, Accessed 23 Aug. 2017.

Fig. 2. Warhol, Andy. Elvis I and Elvis II. 1964, University of Californai, San Diego. ARtstor, Accessed 23 Aug. 2017.

Work of visual art in a book or print source

Works Cited

Lum, Ken. Grace Chung Financial. 2001, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver. Ken Lum, edited by Grant Arnold, Douglas & McIntyre, 2011, p. 48.



MLA Style Centre: Images in books

Work of visual art in an online database (Artstor, etc)

Works Cited

Fraser, Andrea and Allen McCollum. May I Help You? 1991, Franklin Furnace Archive. Artstor, Accessed 23 Jan. 2017.


(Fraser and McCollum)

Work of visual art found on the web

Works Cited

Warhol, Andy. Marilyn Diptych. 1962, Tate Galleries, Accessed 23 Aug. 2017.



MLA Style Center: Museum Image

Image found online, as part of a web page or blog post

Works Cited

McNally, Joe. Picture of Micro Air Vehicle. “Data Drones,” by Stuart Thorton, 5 May 2014. National Geographic, Accessed 22 May 2018.



MLA Style Center: Online images

Exhibition Wall Text or Panel


Note: For assignments that include a visit to an exhibition.
Wall text for Title of Work, by Artist Name (if applicable). Title of Exhibition, Exhibition Date, Gallery or Museum Name, Location.


Wall text for A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth, by Emily Carr. Emily Carr: Into the Forest, May 13–Dec. 13 2017, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Film, DVD, video

Works Cited

Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia. Directed by Anthony F. Brown, Brownie Productions, 2004.


(Go Do 00:22:10-17)

MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 24.

Streaming media from library database (Kanopy, Criterion-on-demand, etc.)

Works Cited

2046. Block 2 Pictures, 2004, Criterion-on-Demand. Accessed 21 Mar. 2017.


("2046" 01:06:46-52)

It is optional to include additional roles such as performers etc. if their participation is important to your research or the identification of the work.

Streaming media from the web (YouTube etc.)

Works Cited

Griggs, Ben. A Day in the Life of a Librarian. YouTube, 1 Oct. 2013, V=Mcn-B7X7HwQ. Accessed 9 Oct. 2017.


(Griggs 00:01:32-33)

MLA Style Center: Online video

Works Cited

Robideau, Henri. The Big Dig. Vimeo, uploaded by Henri Robideau, 2018, Accessed 4 Apr. 2017.


(Robideau 00:03:50-59)

Music, Sound recording

Works Cited

Jay, Abner. Folk Song Stylist. Mississippi Records, 2010.



MLA Style Center: Citing a song


Works Cited

Balkissoon, Denise and Hannah Sung. "The Only One." Colour Code, episode 7, The Globe and Mail, 17 Oct. 2016, Accessed 3 Feb. 2017.


(Balkissoon and Sung 00:14:11-39)

MLA Style Center: Podcast