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How to Cite a Petition


Citing resources for a research paper or article is typically done in one of three styles: MLA style, APA style or Chicago style. Not all formatting styles specifically explain how to cite a petition, but the styles do have other rules that you can follow to make sure your citation is correct.

Citing a Petition Using MLA Style
MLA style is commonly used in colleges and high schools.

Begin with the author's last name, followed by her first name and middle initial (if needed.) End with a period.

Example: Anthony, Susan B.

State the petition name in quotes, ending with a period.

Example: "Petition to Congress Requesting Women's Suffrage."

End with the date the petition was written, starting with the date, then abbreviated month, then year, followed by a period. If a specific date is not know, state the year followed by a period.

Example: 13 Mar 1865.

Make sure that your citation follows this full example: Anthony, Susan B. "Petition to Congress Requesting Women's Suffrage." 13 Mar 1865.

Cite a Petition Using APA Style
APA style can help you downsize your research.

State the author's name using last name, first name and middle initial and ending with a period.

Example: Anthony, Susan B.

Cite the year in parentheses with a period outside.

Example: (1865).

End with the title in quotes with a period inside.

Example: "Petition to Congress Requesting Women's Suffrage."

Indent the second line of each citation five to seven spaces if it flows onto a second line.

Ensure that your citation is similar to this full example: Anthony, Susan B. (1865). "Petition to Congress Requesting Women's Suffrage."

Cite a Petition Using the Chicago Manual of Style
A flexible style for citation from the Windy City.

Cite the name of the author with first name followed by middle initial and last name, and closed with a comma.

Example: Susan B. Anthony,

State the title of the petition in quotes, with no punctuation following.

Example: "Petition to Congress Requesting Women's Suffrage"

Put the type of document you are citing, without capitalizing, followed by a comma and the year. End with a period.

Example: petition, 1865.

Make sure that your citation follows this full example: Susan B. Anthony, "Petition to Congress Requesting Women's Suffrage" petition, 1865.

Tip
  • The rules change when a petition is found within a document such as a book or encyclopedia. Be sure to consult your style guide for information about formatting these types of petitions.
About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Mo Macy has been a screenwriter since 2007 and runs an LA-based pop culture blog. With a background in travel writing, her work has appeared in "Travel New England" and online at "The Boston Globe." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from Emerson College.

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