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How to Cite a Fact Sheet Using the MLA Style of Writing

by Susan Sherwood, Demand Media

    If you want an overview of a topic, a fact sheet provides the key points. Many types of organizations, including government agencies, colleges and corporations, offer these documents. The seventh edition of the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" presents guidelines for citing fact sheets both in text and on the Works Cited page.

    In-text Citation

    After discussing information from a fact sheet, include an in-text citation within parentheses. List the author's last name if one is identified or the organization's name, for example: (Office of Management and Budget). If the author's name is mentioned in the text of the se, omit it from the parentheses.

    Works Cited Page

    To include a citation of a fact sheet on the Works Cited page, begin with the author's name. If it is an individual, list last name, a comma and first name. Add a period. Put the title of the document and a period in quotation marks. Insert "Fact sheet" without quotation marks. Add a period. Identify the organization connected to the fact sheet. Add a period and list the location of the organization. Add a period. Include the date of the fact sheet. If no date is listed, use "n.d." without quotation marks. Describe the medium of the document, such as "Print" or Web" without quotation marks, and end with a period. An example of a fact sheet citation: Office of Management and Budget. "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure." Fact sheet. The White House. Washington, D.C. n.d. Web.

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    About the Author

    Living in upstate New York, Susan Sherwood is a researcher who has been writing within educational settings for more than 10 years. She has co-authored papers for Horizons Research, Inc. and the Capital Region Science Education Partnership. Sherwood has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University at Albany.

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