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MLA Citation Guide (8th Edition): Class Notes & Presentations

This guide shows you how to cite using MLA 8th edition

Abbreviating Months

In your works cited list, abbreviate months as follows: 

January = Jan.
February = Feb.
March = Mar.
April = Apr.
May = May
June = June
July = July
August = Aug.
September = Sept.
October = Oct.
November = Nov.
December = Dec.

Spell out months fully in the body of your paper. 

Formatting

Note: For your Works Cited list, all citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.

Instructor's Presentation Slides (e.g. PowerPoint)

Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of PowerPoint Presentation." Title of Course, Date of PowerPoint presentation, Columbia College. Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. 

Works Cited List Example

Paulson, Paul. "ANTH 110: Week 2: The Nature of Culture." Anthropology 110, 15 Jan. 2016, Columbia College. Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. 

In-Text Citation Example

(Instructor's Last Name)

Example: (Paulson, slide 5)

 Note: if you know the slide number, include it in your in-text citation. If not, leave it out.

Learn more: See MLA Handbook, p. 52 for examples of descriptions at the end of citations. P.70 shows that course titles are not italicized.

Class Lecture Heard in Person

Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Lecture." Title of Course, Date of lecture, Columbia College. Lecture.

Works Cited List Example

Paulson, Paul. "The Nature of Culture." Anthropology 110, 15 Jan. 2016. Columbia College. Lecture.

In-Text Citation Example

(Instructor's Last Name)

Example: (Paulson)

Learn more: p.52 of the MLA Handbook provides an example of a lecture heard in person. P. 70 shows that course titles are not italicized.

Instructor's Notes or Handout Provided In Class

Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Handouts/Notes." Name of Course, Columbia College. Date handout was received. Course handout.

Works Cited List Example

Kurtis, Mark. "Critical Analysis." English 100, Columbia College. Received 5 May 2016. Course handout.

In-Text Citation Example

(Instructor's Last Name)

Example: (Kurtis)

Learn more: See MLA Handbook, p. 52 for examples of descriptions at the end of citations. P.70 shows that course titles are not italicized.

Article from Course Pack Prepared by Instructor

 Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Course pack for Name of Course, compiled by First Name Last Name of Instructor, Semester, Columbia College.

Works Cited List Examples

Brown, Stephen. "Ethical Use of Language." Course pack for English 100, compiled by Dan Smith, Winter 2020, Columbia College.

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name Page Number)

Example: (Brown 20)

Learn more: See MLA Style Guide at https://style.mla.org/citing-course-pack-material