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How to Cite a Brochure Using the MLA Form

by Monica Miller, Demand Media

    Modern Language Association format style is the most commonly used style for research papers in the humanities and other liberal arts. It features concise and simple documentation and in-text parenthetical citations that are keyed to a list of references on a Works Cited page at the end of the paper. Brochures and pamphlets are frequently used reference works for research papers, and in the MLA style, they are treated like books without authors.

    Items you will need

    • Brochure
    Step 1

    Prepare the brochure for the Works Cited page. List the title of the brochure, followed by a period. If possible, italicize the title; otherwise, underline it. For example: Visitor's Guide to Seattle and the Puget Sound Area.

    Step 2

    List the city and state where the brochure was published. Place a comma after the city and a colon after the state abbreviation, for example: Visitor's Guide to Seattle and the Puget Sound Area. Seattle, WA:

    Step 3

    Add the corporate entity or organization responsible for creating the brochure. This information can usually be found on either the first or last page of the brochure or pamphlet. Place a comma after this name, for example: Visitor's Guide to Seattle and the Puget Sound Area. Seattle, WA: Puget Sound Tourism Board,

    Step 4

    Put the year the brochure was published after the comma. End with a period, for example: Visitor's Guide to Seattle and the Puget Sound Area. Seattle, WA: Puget Sound Tourism Bureau, 2010.

    Step 5

    Note what type of medium you're referencing. In the case of a brochure, you would put "Print," followed by a period, for example: Visitor's Guide to Seattle and the Puget Sound Area. Seattle, WA: Puget Sound Tourism Bureau, 2010. Print.

    Step 6

    Cite the brochure within your text by placing in parentheses a shortened title of the brochure followed by a page number. The title should be italicized or underlined. Be consistent with how you formatted it on the Works Cited page. For example: (Visitor's Guide to Seattle 3)

    Step 7

    Put the parenthetical citation immediately after the last word of text you are citing and before that sentence's period, for example: There are approximately 5,168 places to visit in the city of Seattle (Visitor's Guide to Seattle 3).

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    Tips

    • Note if your brochure has an author. This may be a single person or an organization, such as the Association of Seattle Tour Guides. If this is the case, put the author's name at the beginning of the citation before the title. Use the author's last name first, a comma and then the first name. Or simply list the corporate author's name.
    • Use an overhang style for entries that go over one line by indenting two or three spaces on the second and subsequent lines.

    About the Author

    Monica Miller has been writing professionally for more than 15 years. She has been published in "Woman's World," "Country Woman," "San Diego Family," "Columbia," "The Liguorian," "Boys' Life," "National Geographic World," and many other print and online magazines. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of St. Thomas.

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