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How to Cite Song Lyrics in MLA Format

Updated March 23, 2017

Step 1

Start by writing the lyricist's last name and first name. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon.

Step 2

Write the lyrics you used in the paper next. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon. We're halfway there, oh we're living on a prayer.

Step 3

Write the song title in quotations. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon. We're halfway there, oh we're living on a prayer. "Livin' on a Prayer."

Step 4

Write the album title next. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon. We're halfway there, oh we're living on a prayer. "Livin' on a Prayer." Slippery When Wet.

Step 5

Write if the song is on CD, cassette or mp3. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon. We're halfway there, oh we're living on a prayer. "Livin' on a Prayer." Slippery When Wet. CD.

Step 6

Write the record company's name next. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon. We're halfway there, oh we're living on a prayer. "Livin' on a Prayer." Slippery When Wet. CD. Island/Mercury.

Step 7

Write the year of release next. For example: Bon Jovi, Jon. We're halfway there, oh we're living on a prayer. "Livin' on a Prayer." Slippery When Wet. CD. Island/Mercury. 1986.

Step 8

Write the name of the website you got the lyrics from if applicable. Write the name, date you accessed information and completed with the URL (starting with http://).

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