How to Cite a Constitution in MLA Bibliography

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Writers in the humanities and liberal arts cover a wide range of topics in society, arts, history and politics. They also use varied sources, including books, websites and government documents. The seventh edition of the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" offers guidelines for including material such as a state or country's constitution in a bibliography. In MLA style, the bibliography is called the Works Cited page.

Works Cited Page

To include a constitution on the Works Cited page, begin with the full name of the document in italics. Use any common abbreviation for the state or country. Add a period. Indicate the article or amendment with "Art." or "Amend." without quotation marks. Use Arabic or Roman numerals based upon the source's numeration system. If there is an additional section number, add a comma, "Sec." without quotation marks and the appropriate numeral, ending with a period. For example, you might write: U.S. Constitution (italicized). Amend. XIV, Sec. 2.


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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