How to cite a study guide in MLA format

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When citing a study guide, you would begin with the author's last name, then first name, followed by a period. If the work doesn't list a specific author, you can move on to the name of the study guide in quotation marks, with a period inside the closing quotation marks.  After the study guide's title, you include the name of the book or website in italics, followed by a period.  After this title, you would include any version numbers available such as edition (ed.), volume (vol.), or issue numbers (no.), followed by a period (for example: vol. 15, no. 3).  Next, you include the publisher's location (a city name), then a colon, then the publisher's name and a comma, and then the publication year followed by a period.  Next, if the source is online, you transcribe the url (starting with the www.).  Finally, it is recommended that you include the date on which you accessed the material, usually written out as day/month/year (for example: 23 September 2017).   

kschweiz eNotes educator| Certified Educator has provided users with an extremely easy method of citing various resources. One method is to select "cite" on the page at which you are looking; this is next to the Print and PDF buttons underneath the title. A citation will then pop up for you to copy and paste into your bibliography/Works Cited page.

For instance, the Kite Runner source guide can be cited as follows:

"The Kite Runner: Introduction." Literary Newsmakers for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1998. January 2006. 25 May 2011.

Of course, when inserting this citation into your bibiliography, be sure to indent every line following the first (hanging indent).

Another option is to utilize Purdue's OWL website ( for future questions. It is extremely helpful and comprehensive!

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