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Music and Culture (COR-103): Useful Citation
Types (MLA)

Useful Citation Types (MLA)

Sound Recordings

Artist. “Song Title.” Album Title, Label name, Date.


Rae Morris. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014, Spotify, (SPOTIFY)

Beyoncé. “Pray You Catch Me.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016, (ONLINE ALBUM)

Nirvana. "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nevermind, Geffen, 1991. (CD)



Title of performance. Author of script, Directed by First Last and First Last, Theater, Location of theater, Day Month Year of performance.


Lysistrata. Aristophanes. Directed by Barbara Karger and Michael Preston, Goodwin Theater, Austin Arts Center, Hartford, 20 Apr. 2006.



Title. Name of the director,  Performers’ names, Film studio or distributor, Release year.


Usual Suspects, The. Directed by Bryan Singer. Performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro, Polygram, 1995.


Articles in a Newspaper

Author. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title, Day Month Year, page. (PRINT)

Author. "Article Title." Newspaper Title, Permalink, Date accessed. (ONLINE)


Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post, 24 May 2007, LZ01.

Krugman, Andrew. "Fear of Eating." New York Times, 21 May 2007, A1.

Pareles, Jon. "Iggy Pop on David Bowie: 'He Resurrected Me.'" New York Times,, 13 Jan. 2016.



Review Author. "Title of Review (if there is one)." Review of Performance Title, directed by Author/Director/Artist, Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, page. (PRINT)

Review Author. "Title of Review (if there is one)." Review of Performance Title, directed by Author/Director/Artist, Title of Periodical, Permalink, Date accessed. (ONLINE)


Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Life in the Sprawling Suburbs, If You Can Really Call It Living." Review of Radiant City, directed by Gary Burns and Jim Brown, New York Times, 30 May 2007, p. E1.

Isherwood, Charles. "Review: A Woman Grows Up in 'Employee of the Year.'" Review of Employee of the Year, directed. Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone. New York Times., 13 Jan. 2016.


Citation examples adapted from Purdue Online Writing Lab MLA Formatting and Style Guide found at: