menu

How to Cite a Newsletter in MLA Format


Writers in many fields need up-to-date references, such as articles from newsletters. A variety of companies, institutions and organizations issue regular newsletters. The "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.)" offers guidelines for citing these documents.

In-Text Citation

After discussing information from a newsletter, include an in-text citation within parentheses. Insert the last name of the author or the name of the group issuing the newsletter. Add a space and identify the pertinent page number, if available, such as (Philanthropic League 3). If you mention the author in the text, omit the name from the parentheses.

Works Cited

Include any in-text citations to a newsletter on the Works Cited page. For a web-based newsletter, begin with the author's name. If it is an individual, use the last name, a comma and the first name. Add a period. Put the article title and a period inside quotation marks. Insert the italicized name of the newsletter. Inside parentheses list the abbreviated month and year of publication. Add a colon and list the page or page range using a hyphen. Add a period. If no page numbers are available, use "n. pag." without quotation marks. Identify the name of the website offering the newsletter. Add a period. Indicate the medium using "Web" without quotation marks. Add a period. Include the day, abbreviated month and year of access. Finish with a period. For example:

Philanthropic League. "Results of Our Charitable Donations in 2011." Philanthropic League Reports (Feb. 2012): 2-7. Philanthropic League Publications. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

If you have a print version of the newsletter, omit the reference to the website name and access date. In addition, insert "Print" instead of "Web."

About the Author

Living in upstate New York, Susan Sherwood is a researcher who has been writing within educational settings for more than 10 years. She has co-authored papers for Horizons Research, Inc. and the Capital Region Science Education Partnership. Sherwood has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University at Albany.

Photo Credits
  • Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images