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How to Cite a Fact Sheet Using the MLA Style of Writing


Modern Language Association (MLA) style has no specific regulations for citing a fact sheet. Instead, the publishing medium classifies the form the citation takes. According to the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries website's MLA citation style guide, titles of works published independently such as books and journals are italicized while quotation marks are placed around titles of works published within larger works, such as journal articles and book chapters. Also, the UCF Libraries' guide states that the first word of titles and subtitles, as well as significant words in titles, are capitalized.

Type the author and company or sponsoring organization's name, ending with a period. Note that the author's name should follow the Last Name, First Name Middle Initial format for the first author, for additional authors, follow the First Name Middle Initial Last Name format; separate each author's name with a comma. An example is: Johnson, Mark T., and Amanda A. Mendez.

Add the title of the work. End that information with a period, and enclose the title in quotation marks, as in: "Fact Sheet: Laws of MLA Formatting."

Add the title of the book, journal or larger publication if applicable. End this entry with a period, and italicize the title of the publication. Without italics, an example is: MLA Guide to Researching.

Add the name of the publisher or sponsoring organization. Complete this step with a period, and underline this entry. An example without the underline is: Oxbridge Press.

Add the publishing date, ending with a period. For this example, it is: January 2007.

Add the publishing medium, such as print or web, ending with a period. An example for this is: Web.

Add the date you retrieved the document if the work is from a website. The entry should end with a period, as in: May 18 2009.

Add the URL (web address) within <>, ending the entry with period. This step is optional. An example is: <http://www.oxbridgepress.org/mlaresearch_guide.pdf>.

The full citation should look something like this, but with certain information italicized or underlined, as previously described: Johnson, Mark T., and Amanda A. Mendez. "Fact Sheet: A Short Guide to MLA Formatting." MLA Guide to Researching. Oxbridge Press. January 2007. Web. May 18 2009. <http://www.oxbridgepress.org/mlaresearch_guide.pdf>.

Tip
  • If you are missing any of the information required, complete the citation without that information. According to the UCF Libraries' MLA citation style guide, if no publication date is available, use the abbreviation "n.d.," meaning "no date," and if no publisher is listed or no place of publication is listed, use the abbreviation "n.p.," meaning "no publisher" or "no place," or provide a reasonable approximation in brackets.
About the Author

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chanelle Sicard completed her B.A. in honors English from McMaster University at the age of 20. Sicard has been writing professionally since November 2008, has a chapter published in "Universal Healthcare Problems in the United States of America," and has written for Poshglam.com, SweetSpot.ca Inc., and "Broadway Magazine."

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