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How to Cite a Student Handbook in MLA Format

Updated March 23, 2017

Cite the title of the handbook and the page number within parentheses. The title should appear in italics. For example:

(Chicago High Student Handbook 36)

Cite the handbook within the text directly after quoting or paraphrasing. For example:

One school's handbook admonishes students to "avoid bringing weapons within 500 feet of the school property upon pain of expulsion" (Chicago High Student Handbook 36).

If you mention the title of the handbook within the text, omit it from your parenthetical citation. For example:

The Chicago High Student Handbook admonishes students to "avoid bringing weapons within 500 feet of the school property upon pain of expulsion" (36).

Format your works-cited page entry in the following format:

Title (in italics). City, State of publication: Institution, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

For example:

Chicago High Student Handbook. Chicago, IL: Chicago High School, 2008. Print.

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