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CAMS 211: Film History II

Professor Carol Donelan

Citation Examples (MLA)

When using MLA style (8th edition) to cite online reproductions of newspapers and periodicals (such as publications from ProQuest Historical Newspapers and just about anything you'll find in the Media History Digital Library [MHDL]), you will need to cite not only the original publication information, including page number, but also the URL for the online reproduction and the date you accessed it. Microfilmed manuscripts and primary source collections (such as the pressbooks collections and the Hollywood and the Production Code collection), do not require you to identify them as microfilm.

The MLA citation examples below cover most of the kinds of sources typically used in this course:

 

BFI Cinema Pressbooks, 1920-1940 citation example (you are citing the whole pressbook) (microfiche):

      "Absolute Quiet." Cinema Pressbooks 1920-1940. Cambridge, England: Chadwyck-Healey Ltd, 1991.

 

Cinema Pressbooks citation example (you are citing the whole pressbook) (microfilm):

      “Accidents Will Happen.” Cinema Pressbooks from the Original Studio Collections, reel 1. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2001.

 

Hollywood and the Production Code (report or complete file) citation example (microfilm):

      “Monte Carlo.” History of Cinema. Series 1, Hollywood and the Production Code: Selected Files from the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration Collection, reel 2. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2006.

 

Hollywood and the Production Code (letter) citation example (microfilm):

      Breen, Joseph. Joseph Breen to Harry Lehner. 9 March 1934. In History of Cinema. Series 1, Hollywood and the Production Code: Selected Files from the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration Collection, reel 9. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2006.

 

Hollywood and the Production Code (memorandum) citation example (microfilm):

     Breen, Joseph. Memorandum, 2 May 1946. In History of Cinema. Series 1, Hollywood and the Production Code: Selected Files from the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration Collection, reel 9. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Microfilm, 2006.

 

Photoplay (or other magazine) citation example: signed article (MHDL):

     Howe, Herbert. "A Lady Surrounded by Men." Photoplay, February 1928: 36. Media History Digital Library, http://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/photoplay3334movi_0226. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017 [actual date you accessed this source].

 

New York Times citation example: film review (ProQuest Historical Newspapers):

     Crowther, Bosley. "Screen: Hitchcock's Fine Feathered Fiends: Director's 'Birds' Add Horror to Innocence Shocks and Thrills in A Bizarre Tale." New York Times, 29 Mar 1963: 5. ProQuest Historical Newspapers, https://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/116619421. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017 [actual date you accessed this source].

 


 

The Film Daily citation examples below demonstrate how to craft citations for both the microfilm reproduction you will find in the library and an online reproduction you might find online (via the Media History Digital Library or other website). They all follow this basic format (microfilm example followed by web example):

      Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Original Publication, Year of original publication: pages. Title of Microform Collection (Year of reproduction publication): reel number.

      Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Original Publication, Year of original publication: pages. Title of Website, URL. Day Month Year [actual date you accessed this source].

 

Film Daily Yearbook citation example (microfilm):

      Flinn, John C. “Will Rogers Memorial Commission.” Film Daily Year Book, 1936: 47-48. Microform. Major Film Periodicals for Media Research (1990): reel 006.

Film Daily Yearbook microfilm citation example (MHDL):

      Flinn, John C. “Will Rogers Memorial Commission.” Film Daily Year Book, 1936: 47-48. Media History Digital Library, http://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/filmdailyvolume66970newy_0013. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017 [actual date you accessed this source].

 

Film Daily (or other newspaper) citation example: signed article (microfilm):

      Kennahan, Hollis. “Indies Form Group to Support Jubilee.” Film Daily, August 3, 1936: 2. Major Film Periodicals for Media Research (1990): reel 043.

Film Daily (or other newspaper) citation example: signed article (MHDL):

      Kennahan, Hollis. “Indies Form Group to Support Jubilee.” Film Daily, August 3, 1936: 2. Media History Digital Library, http://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/filmdaily76wids_0227. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017 [actual date you accessed this source].

 

Film Daily (or other newspaper) citation example: unsigned article (microfilm):

      “Ampa to Honor Trotta Today.” Film Daily, December 1, 1936: 3. Major Film Periodicals for Media Research (1990): reel 043.

Film Daily (or other newspaper) citation example: unsigned article (MHDL):

      “Ampa to Honor Trotta Today.” Film Daily, December 1, 1936: 3. Media History Digital Library, http://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/filmdail75wids_0450. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017 [actual date you accessed this source].

 

Film Daily (or other newspaper) citation example: advertisement (microfilm):

      Technicolor. Advertisement. Film Daily, December 1, 1936: 3. Major Film Periodicals for Media Research (1990): reel 043.

Film Daily (or other newspaper) citation example: advertisement (MHDL):

      Technicolor. Advertisement. Film Daily, December 1, 1936: 3. Media History Digital Library, http://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/filmdailyvolume669newy_1036. Accessed 8 Nov. 2017 [actual date you accessed this source].