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How to Cite Editorials in MLA Format


MLA style is a writing format primarily utilized in the humanities disciplines, with the goal of making citations, especially of language and literature, simpler. The Modern Language Association of America publishes a pair of guidebooks to that end, and while the guides spell out numerous complicated citation rules for all manner of sources, it is very simple to cite an editorial.

Collecting the Facts

To make a proper citation, you need to collect a handful of important information about the editorial. The seventh edition of the MLA Handbook and third edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing stipulate that you must identify the title of the editorial and the publication in which it originally ran. You will also need to know the date and medium of publication. For all magazines or newspapers, the medium will be "print."

The Works Cited Page

After collecting the information, creating a citation for your works cited page is a breeze. First, list the title of the editorial, in quotation marks. Next, write the word "editorial" to identify the type of document being referenced. Now, list the italicized title of the periodical and the original date of publication, followed by a colon and the number of the page the editorial is printed on. Finally, list the medium of publication. All entries will be on the same line, and each entry ends with a period.

Using In-text Citations

In-text citations are used to refer the reader to the full citation and typically consist of the author's last name and a page number. In the chance that the author of a piece is not known, as is often the case for an editorial, you should simply place the title of the piece in quotation marks, and set it off in parentheses. If the title is cumbersome, you can use a shortened version for in-text citations.

About the Author

First published in 2005, Kyle Whitney has covered news and sports in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., and Beijing. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Michigan and China. Whitney is currently a local government reporter at a daily paper.

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