How to Cite a Press Release in MLA Format

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The Modern Language Association style manual is used to cite sources in research papers in the humanities or liberal arts. MLA requires both in-text citations and a Works Cited page, which lists pertinent information for all references cited within the paper. Press releases follow the same general format as books for both in-text and Works Cited references.

Works Cited

Works Cited listings for books include the author’s name, title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication and medium of publication. Since most press releases are announced by an organization, the name of the organization goes in place of the author’s name. For example:

The Walt Disney Company. Shanghai Disney Resort Accelerates Resort Expansion (italicized). Burbank: The Walt Disney Company, 28 April 2014. Web. 1 June 2014.

To format this citation properly, you would use a hanging indent and make sure dates follow the day-month-year format. If there is not a publication date available, write “n.d.” for “no date.” If the press release was retrieved from the Internet, follow “Web.” with the retrieval date.

In-Text Citations

To write in-text citations in MLA format, include the first item from your Works Cited listing. In the example above, you would write “The Walt Disney Company” in parentheses. You do not need to include a web URL or a page number.


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