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SPAN 325: Latin American Narrative: The Boom and After

How to cite using MLA 8th edition

When citing material in Spanish, MLA style for Spanish is the same as regular MLA style in English except that you need to remember to follow Spanish rules for book and article titles.

MLA Eighth Edition recommends a general set of guidelines that can be applied to all sources (book, journal article, media, web page) when generating citations for a works cited/bibliography. For example, this is the information needed for each source consulted, provided the information is available about the source.


Please note that even though a city or country of publication is not necessarily required by MLA 8th edition, it is advisable to include it since you may be citing books that were published outside the United States, for which publication information might not be evident or easy to find otherwise.

  • Author.
  • Title of Source. (book, book chapter, title of essay in a book. Need to italicise book titles)
  • Title of Container, (Journal title, Newspaper title, etc-italicise)
  • Other contributors, (i.e author of book where essay or chapter is found, if different than author of chapter/essay)
  • Version, (i.e edition of book)
  • Number, (number and issue of a journal article)
  • Publisher, (to keep things consistent, you should add the place of publication before the publication date)
  • Publication Date,
  • Location. (pages numbers, stable URL, web address)

MLA 8th examples


García Márquez, Gabriel. Cien años de soledad. Primera edicion, Buenos Aires, Editorial Sudamericana S.A, mayo de 1967.


---. El amor en los tiempos del cólera. Primera edicion, México, Editorial Diana, 1985.


Book in translation:


García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Translated by Gregory Rabassa, New York, Harper and Row, 1970.

journal article Handelsman, Michael H. “‘La casa de los espíritus’ y la evolución de la mujer moderna.” Letras Femeninas, vol. 14, no. ½ (primavera/otoño), 1988, pp. 57–63. JSTOR,
chapter in a book with different author Parkinson Zamora, Lois. “Swords and Silver Rings: Magical Objects in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez.” A Companion to Magical Realism, edited by Stephen M. Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang, NED - New edition, Rochester, NY, Boydell and Brewer, 2005, pp. 28–45. JSTOR,
chapter in a book by same author

Berenguer Carisomo, Arturo. “Capítulo II: La Gloria de Don Ramiro.” Los valores eternos en la obra de Enrique Larreta. Primera edicion, Editorial Sopena Argentina, 1946, pp. 25-73.


There are a number of things to keep in mind while citing:

Formatting is very important.

1. Hanging indents in the Works Cited page.

2. Double spacing throughout text, including the Works Cited page and block quotes.

3. More than one work by same author in Works Cited page? Use -------. instead of repeating author name.