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RHT 101 Short Stories - Dragin: MLA Citations

How Do I Cite A Short Story in MLA?

MLA Short Story - Website Format

Author’s Last, First Name. “Title of Short Story.” Website, Day Month Year, URL.

Note: If the author’s name is missing, the story’s title moves to the first position.

MLA Short Story - Textbook Format

Author’s Last, First Name. “Short Story Title.” Title of Collection, edited by Editor’s Name, Edition, Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx.

MLA Short Story - Magazine or Newspaper Format

Author’s Last, First Name. “Title of Story.” Title of Newspaper or Magazine, Day Month Year, Pages. Database, if applicable. URL.

What Are Some Examples?

Project Gutenberg Citations 

Joyce, James. “A Painful Case.” The Dubliners. Project Gutenberg, 1 Apr. 2016,

Note: The Dubliners is the title of the book the short story comes from so it is italicized in addition to the website title. 

Online Short Stories

Hughes, Caoilinn. “A Woman of No Information.” Granta, 10 Jun. 2020,

Newspaper or Magazine Online 

Dillard, Barry. “A Christmas Disaster.” Good Housekeeping, Mar. 2020, 

How Do I Cite Articles From the Databases?

MLA Article - Online Database Format 

Author's Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Journal Name, vol., no., Publication Date, page number(s). Name of Database, doi or URL. 

MLA Article - Webpage or Article Format

Author's Last Name, First Name. “Title of web page.” Title of Website, date of publication (if available), URL.