How to Cite a Class Handout in MLA Format

Updated July 21, 2017

In-text Citation

When including information from a class handout, put a reference citation in text. After the material, insert the author's last name and the page number of the document, if available; for example: (Doe 2). If the author's name is mentioned in text, omit it from the parentheses.

Works Cited Page

Include any in-text citations on the Works Cited page. Begin with the author's last name, a comma, the first name and a period. Put the title of the handout with a period inside quotation marks. List "Handout" without quotation marks. Add a period. Indicate the name of the school or organization. Add a period. Identify the city and state where you received the handout and follow with a period. List the date of the document, if known. If there is no date, insert "n.d." without quotation marks. End with the format of the handout and a period, such as "Print." without quotation marks; for example: Doe, John. "Rhyme Schemes." Handout. The Top College. New York, NY. n.d. Print. If any of this information is missing from the handout, simply omit it from the Works Cited page.

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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.