I would like to cite the Magna Carta document for a project that requires me to cite sources according to the MLA6 standards. How would I cite Magna Carta, because it's not a book, nor magazine or any other periodical.
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Given that it's highly unlikely you're working from an actual manuscript copy of the Magna Carta, rather than a version that has been published in a book or on a website, what you should cite is said book or website.
If you do happen to have access to an actual manuscript (not likely to be an actual Magna Carta, but lesser works do come on the market regularly, and some of them are priced such that mere mortals can buy them), you would do your best to fit the information available into the MLA6 standards, and then —if space permits— add a descriptive sentence or two to explain the provenance and other information that might help your reader track down the manuscript. After all, that is the purpose of a citation: it's to enable your reader to consult the same sources you did, in case he or she wants to know more about the subject.
Here's a pretty good article on the subject: http://www.journal.au.edu/au_techno/2011/jan2011/journal143_howto.pdf