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MLA Format for Product Labels


Writers in the humanities and liberal arts cover such a wide variety of topics that sometimes they need to include unusual source material, such as videos, birth and death certificates and product labels. The seventh edition of the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" recommends that writers locate product-label information from a more accessible source for their readers, such as the manufacturer's website. However, if this is not possible, you can cite the information in a manner consistent with MLA style.

In-Text Citation

After including information from a product label, use an in-text citation. Insert the manufacturer's name in parentheses, such as (Best Organic Dairy Company). If the name is mentioned in the text, the parentheses are not required.

Works Cited Page

Include in-text citations of product labels on the Works Cited page. Begin with the manufacturer's name and a period. Using title case, insert the type of label, the product and a period within quotation marks. Identify the city and state of manufacture. Add a period. List the year, if available. End with a period. For example:

Best Organic Dairy Company. "Nutrition Label of Best Organic Whole Milk." New York, NY. 2013.

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.

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