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How to Cite a Professor


If you want to cite your professor as a source for your term paper and you are referring to published material written by her, simply cite that material as you ordinarily would. However, if you need to cite information that your professor communicated in a lecture, there is a specific way to format your reference. The exact arrangement of your reference entry will depend on whether you are following Chicago, Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

Format your reference entry in the following manner if you are following Chicago style guidelines:

Professor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Lecture." Format of Lecture, College, City, State, Month Day, Year.

For example:

Smith, Susan. "The Life of Freud." Class lecture, Harvard University, Boston, MA, October 8, 2009.

Format your reference entry in the following manner if you are following Modern Language Association style guidelines:

Professor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Lecture." Name of Class in italics. College. City, State. Day Month Year.

For example:

Smith, Susan. "The Life of Freud." An Introduction to Psychology. Harvard University. Boston, MA. 8 Oct. 2009. Class Lecture.

Format your reference entry in the following manner if you are following American Psychological Association style guidelines:

Professor's Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day). Title of lecture. Name of Class in italics. Lecture conducted from College, City, State.

For example:

Smith, Susan. (2009, October 8). The life of Freud. An Introduction to Psychology. Lecture conducted from Harvard University, Boston, MA.

If you are using APA style, capitalize only the first letter of the lecture title, along with the first letters of any proper nouns that appear in the title of the lecture.