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MLA Style (8th/9th Ed.)

Core Elements Format

MLA does not give specific instructions on how to cite specific resources types like custom course packs. The example provided is based on SFU's recommendation to treat the course pack as an anthology when they are reprinting articles, chapters etc.  The instructor would be the editor/compiler with this approach.

For reprints, MLA states "when a source was previously published in a form other than the one in which you consulted it, you might include information about the prior publication. (MLA 8th edition, p. 53)

MLA states "If the source is an unexpected type of work, you may identify the type with a descriptive term.  For instance, if you studied a radio broadcast by reading its transcript, the term Transcript will indicate that you did not listen to the broadcast. (MLA Handbook, 8th edition, p. 52).  In the example above including Course Pack at the end of the citation will indicate the type of work.

It is always best to check with your instructor to confirm how much information they require to consider your citations correct.

Course Pack, Journal Article Reprinted in


Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Course Pack, compiled by Compiler's First Name Compiler's Last Name, Publisher, Publication Date, pp. xx-xx. Originally published in Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, publication date, pp. #-#. Course Pack.


Johnson, Victor. "A Labour of Love?: Mothers and Emotion Work." NURS 3130: Supplementary Readings, compiled by Lucinda Robertson, Douglas College, 2016, pp. 30-44. Originally published in Journal of Midwifery, vol. 17, no. 10, 2009, pp. 636-640. Course Pack.

In Text: (Johnson 35)

Class Handout


Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Course: Lecture Title." Version, Publisher, Location. Class Handout.


Smith, Donald. ENGL 1130: Style of Writing. 14 Nov. 2016, Douglas College, Coquitlam. Class Handout.

In Text: (Smith 2)

NOTE: Donald Smith is the instructor of the course.

Lectures, Speeches or Readings


‚ÄčInstructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Course: Lecture Title." Version, Publisher, Location. Class lecture.


Cannon, Dolores. "Psychology 406: Accessing Theta."  28 Oct. 2016, Douglas College, New Westminster. Class lecture.

In Text: (Cannon)

NOTE: Version would be the date of the lecture. The Publisher would be the name of the academic institution. This citation format was created using an example of an Address in the MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 52.  If in doubt, check with your instructor.

Interview conducted by you


Last Name, First Name of the person interviewed. Interview. By First Name Last Name of Interviewer. Date.


Rewniak, Christopher. Interview. By Jorge Menocal. 4 June 2017.

In Text: (Rewniak)

NOTE "Personal interviews refer to those interviews that you conduct yourself. List the interview by the name of the interviewee. Include the descriptor Personal interview and the date of the interview." (Purdue Online Writing Lab).

Presentation slides: PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.


Presenters' Last Name, First Name. "Title of presentation." Course code: Course description OR Event name, Date, Publisher, Location. Presentation.


Smith, Ryan. “Goals of the Course.” English 204: African American Literature, 4 Apr. 2016, Evergreen State College, Olympia. Presentation.

In Text: (Smith)

This example was borrowed from the MLA Style Center FAQ blog.

Visit the linked page below for instructions on how to cite a specific image from a presentation.