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MLA Style Guide for Citations (9th edition): Location

Some, not all, sources will require a location as part of their citation. The location is included in citations in order to help the reader find the source.

When to list a location

Include a location to:

  • Specify on which pages an article is located in a periodical
  • Specify on which pages of a book a chapter, story, essay or poem is located
  • Provide the URL for a web source
  • Show where a piece of art or museum artifact is physically located

Example citations

Gouveia, Sidney, et al. “Forest Structure Drives Global Diversity of Primates.” Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 83, no. 6,  Nov. 2014, pp. 1523-30.

Bozeman Science. “A Tour of the Cell.” YouTube, 24 Feb. 2012,

Eggers, Dave. “The Man at the River.” The Best American Essays 2014, edited by Robert Atwan, Houghton, 2014, pp. 150-61.

DeFeo, Jay. After Image. 1970, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.

Adrian. Dorothy's Ruby Slippers. 1939, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

Parisot, Eric. Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics, and the Mid-Eighteenth Century Poetic Condition. Ashgate, 2013. EBSCOhost eBook Collection,

United States Dept. of Health and Human Services. “Alcohol Use and Your Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 Nov. 2014,


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