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How to Cite a Student Handbook in MLA Format


Citing a student handbook seems tricky because it doesn't appear to be specifically covered by the Modern Language Association guide. Cite a student handbook using the same format as you would for a pamphlet, which requires information about the author, the title and publication details.

In-Text Citation

To cite a student handbook in text, state the title and follow the sentence where you list the title with the page number in parentheses, for example:

According to the Lincoln High School Student Handbook, students may not chew gum in class (7).

Alternatively, follow the sentence with the title of the handbook in quotation marks and the page number in parentheses. For example:

Students may not chew gum in class ("Lincoln High School Student Handbook" 7).

Works Cited Page

If the handbook has an author, list the author, title in italics, location where the handbook was published and publisher. Follow this with the year the handbook was published and the medium of publication. For example:

Lincoln High School Disciplinary Committee. Lincoln High School Student Handbook (in italics). Illinois: Lincoln High School, 2014. Print.

If no author is listed, use the same format but start with the title.

Lincoln High School Student Handbook (in italics). Illinois: Lincoln High School, 2014. Print.

References
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition; Modern Language Association
About the Author

Kimberly Yates has been both writing and teaching since 1997. She has been published in a variety of magazines, including "The Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine" and "Woman's World." She has a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters in English education.

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