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Create Your MLA Style Citations

Visit this guide to find examples of MLA style citations for your reference list and information about in-text citations.

Reports and conferences

Corporate author and publisher the same

When a work is created and published by the same entity, skip the author element, listing the title of the work first, followed by the name of the organization as the publisher only. (For example, see the citation for "Report by a government agency" below). 

Abbreviating titles for in-text citations

When the title is used as the first element in the entry on the Works Cited page, the title will be used in the in-text citation. Abbreviate the title for the in-text citation. Remove the, a, or an from the title and include the initial noun phrase as the abbreviated title (see example below for "Report by a government agency"). The first word in the abbreviated title will be the word that the entry is alphabetized by on the Works Cited page so that it's easy for the reader to locate. If the title is short and only consists of a noun phrase, the title in the in-text citation will simply be the full title. For more details about abbreviating titles, see p. 117 of the MLA Handbook

Report by a government agency

In-text:

(Investigation)

Works Cited list:

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. United States Department of Justice, 4 Mar. 2015, www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/ferguson_police_department_report.pdf.

  • Note: For the in-text citation, you may abbreviate the title. In this example, the word Investigation would lead the reader to the correct entry on the Works Cited page. For more information on abbreviating titles, see p. 56 of the MLA Handbook

Conference presentation

In-text:

(Mestre 4)

Works Cited:

Mestre, David, et al. "Monitoring of in-Vitro Plant Cultures Using Digital Image Processing and Random Forests." 8th ‚Äč‚ÄčInternational Conference of Pattern Recognition Systems (ICPRS 2017), Madrid, 11-13 July 2017, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1049/cp.2017.0137.