How to Cite a Handout Using MLA Format

Updated July 21, 2017

In-Text Citation

After including information from a handout, use an in-text citation within parentheses. Insert the last name of the author, such as (Doe). If the author is mentioned in the text, omit the parenthetical citation.

Works Cited Page

Include in-text citations of handouts on the Works Cited page. Begin with the last name of the author, a comma, the first name and a period. Put the title of the handout and a period inside quotation marks. Insert "Handout" without quotation marks. Add a period. Indicate the overarching group or organization associated with the handout. Add a period. List the city, a comma and the state of distribution. Add a period. Include the publication year and a period. If no date is indicated, use "n.d." without quotation marks. Identify the medium by inserting "Print" without quotation marks. End with a period; for example: Doe, John. "Common New York State Frogs." Handout. Science Institute. New York, NY. 2008. Print.

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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.