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Theatre 221: Makeup: Citing Your Sources in MLA Style

Useful resources for Theatre Make-Up

A Short Demo of MLA Style from Boise State's Albertson's Library

MLA Style Guides

Complete Research Guide with detailed MLA Style examples.  

WVU's Basic MLA Guide

Detailed MLA Guide from Purdue

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:  This is the complete handbook, hard copy. Available at the Evansdale and Downtown Campus Libraries. Reference call # LB2369 .G53 2016


Images Deserve Credit, Too!

The images you include in your portfolio must be captioned in MLA Style.  Here are the basic elements.  The first 6 relate specifically to the content of the image or illustration.  If your image content is not a work of art, you may not need all 6.  After identifying the content of the image, you need to identify the source, in other words, where you got the image from.  Use the list on the left to identify images from a book.  Use the list on the right to identify images from a web site.

  1. Artist's name
  2. Title
  3. Year of composition
  4. Medium
  5. Institution or private collection that houses the work
  6. City
    1. Title of Book.
    2. Author or editor.
    3. City:
    4. Publisher,
    5. Year of publication.
    6. Page number, figure number or plate number.
    7. Medium of reproduction.
      1. Title of Web site.
      2. Web.
      3. Date of access (day, month, year).
      4. <URL is optional>.


      Picasso, Pablo.  Homme au chapeau de paille et au cornet de glace.  1936.  Oil on canvas.  Musée Picasso, Paris.  Web.  17 June 2011. <>

    Here's a book:


    Here's what the bibliography entry for this book would look like:

    Davis, Gretchen, and Mindy Hall. The Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre. Boston: Focal Press, 2012. Web.

    Here's an illustration from that book, including the caption:


    Photographer Darrell Peterson, copyright 2005, Elsevier, all rights reserved

      Here's what your caption would look like:

     "Skull Surface Anatomy," photographer Darrell    Peterson, 2005, from The Makeup Artist Handbook,  Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall, Boston, Focal Press,  2012: figure 2.2.  Web.

    Some Images from the Web and MLA-Style Captions


    "Wrinkled Face," photograph by Anindya Bhattacharjee,

    "The Sumatran Native Delights in a Pet Bird," photograph by Robert W. Moore, from "Among the Hill Tribes of Sumatra," National Geographic Magazine (Feb. 1930: 221, National Geographic Virtual Library, web.)