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MLA Boot Camp: Publication Date

MLA Boot Camp

Publication Date

Author. "Title of Source." Title of Container, Other Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication

Date, Location. 

Rules to Remember

  • For sources with an exact publication date, such as Web sites and blog posts, use DD Mon. YYYY format (abbreviate the month). 
  • For sources with monthly or seasonal publication dates, such as magazines and journals, use the Mon. YYYY, Mon.-Mon. YYYY, or Season YYYY formats (abbreviate the month if used). 
    • E.g., Feb. 2010
    • E.g., Apr.-May 1999
    • E.g., Summer 2016
  • For one-time publications (e.g., books) or annual publications (e.g., scholarly journals), use the YYYY format. 
    • E.g., 1986


Formatting the Publication Date


MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

Micle, Maria. "Stereotypes Regarding Libraries and Librarians: An Approach of Romanian School

and Academic Libraries." Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 163, 2014, pp.



MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

Ghosh, Ranjan. "Making Sahitya Matter." Thinking Literature Across Continents, edited

by Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller, Duke University Press, 2016, p. 26.

MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

Ceron, Andrea, et al. Politics and Big Data: Nowcasting and Forecasting Elections with Social Media.

Routledge, 2017, eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),

NOTE: Because we are citing the entire source and not just a chapter, we do not use quotation marks around the title. Instead, we treat the title of the source as we would the container of the source. In this case, we italicize the title of the source.

MLA Citation for Works-Cited List:

"Market Analysis." Starting & Managing. U.S. Small Business Administration,


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