How to Cite a Traditional Retold Fairy Tale

Citing your sources is a central aspect to any written report or oral presentation. Citations will help bolster the quality and effectiveness of your work. Retold fairy tales come in revised and updated printed editions and can also be part of an oral history or interview. In either case, using the simple Modern Languages Association, or MLA, style citation will ensure that your retold fairy tale is included in your cited sources.

Create a bibliographic entry for a retold fairy tale in an edited volume or anthology. The bibliography will appear at the end of a written report. Begin with the last name and then the first name of the author of the retold fairy tale. Write the name of the retold fairy tale in quotation marks, followed by the name of the volume underlined. Include the name of the editor, the city and company of publication, the year of publication, and the page numbers of the retold fairy tale. For example:

Smith, John. "The Nightingale." Fairy Tales Retold. Ed., Sam John. Chicago: Anytown Press, 2004. 25-35.

Indent any line after the first line in this citation and remember to underline the name of the volume.

Create a bibliographic entry for an oral retelling or presentation of a fairy tale. Begin with the speaker's last name and the first name, the title of the convention or conference at which the person spoke in italics. Include the detailed location of the talk, the date the talk was given, and the type of presentation, for example a keynote lecture or guest lecture.

For example:

Adams, Tim. Fairy Tales Retold Book Convention. US University. Local Hotel Club, Chicago, IL. 5 April 2007. Keynote Lecture.

Remember to place the title of the event in italics.

Create a bibliographic entry for an interview or one-on-one presentation of a retold fairytale. In this style, you will need to put the last and first name of the person interviewed, the type of interview and the date of the interview. For instance:

Smith, John. Personal interview. 12 Mar. 2007.

Use an in-text citation for the fairy tale within the text of a paper. This in-text citation should appear at the end of the sentence in which the fairy tale was cited and should be put in parenthesis. For a published work, include the last name of the author and the page number cited. For an oral interview or presentation, cite the speaker's last name only. An example of an in-text citation would be:

"Therefore the retold version of this fairy tale has changed significantly over the years (Smith 30)."


Cite any and all sources that are used within your work.

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