MLA 8 citation style uses one guideline to apply to all source types.
MLA 8 uses core elements, common to most sources, and places these elements in a specific order.
MAIN POINTS: Maintain same order for all elemets, identify container and include location; either URL or page number.
Core elements are the facts of the source common to most sources.
Order and punctuation is provided in chart.
A container holds the source.
Containers are either:
1) complete works which contain smaller works, like a book containing essays, a book containing short stories, or an academic journal containing articles, or
2) larger containers holding smaller containers, like a database containing academic journals or a website containing Web pages.
There can be more than one container.
a a newsaper article from a database would have 2 (two) containers.
One: Newspaper (New York Times)
Two: Database (Ebsco)
Location is where the source is found.