Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018     Views: 809

According to the MLA Handbook 8th ed. if a source explicitly uses paragraph numbers instead of page numbers, include the abbreviation par. or pars (56-57). 

For example:

(Chan, par. 2)

Corresponding Works Cited entry:

Chan, Evans. "Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema." Postmodern Culture, vol. 10 no. 3, May 2000.

if a source does not have page numbers or paragraph numbers do not include any numbers at all - do not count the paragraphs yourself.

(Chan)

NOTE: It is never appropriate to use the page numbers of web pages that are printed.

If the source is a video, you can give the time or range of time in the in-text citation.

For example:

("Moving Day" 00:26:17-52).

Corresponding Works Cited entry (see page 43):

"Moving Day." How I Met Your Mother, created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, performance by Josh Radnor, season 2, episode 18, CBS Television Network, 19 May 2007.

More information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC/On-Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing sources in MLA Style.

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a source with no page numbers in your class assignments and projects.

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