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How to Cite a Handout Using MLA Format

by Susan Sherwood, Demand Media

    A handout is a convenient way for readers to acquire knowledge. Usually, the presence of a handout reduces the need to take notes. At the very least, it serves as an outline for material. Because of this, if you include information from a handout in your writing, you must cite it. The seventh edition of the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" provides guidance for citing such sources.

    In-Text Citation

    After including information from a handout, use an in-text citation within parentheses. Insert the last name of the author, such as (Doe). If the author is mentioned in the text, omit the parenthetical citation.

    Works Cited Page

    Include in-text citations of handouts on the Works Cited page. Begin with the last name of the author, a comma, the first name and a period. Put the title of the handout and a period inside quotation marks. Insert "Handout" without quotation marks. Add a period. Indicate the overarching group or organization associated with the handout. Add a period. List the city, a comma and the state of distribution. Add a period. Include the publication year and a period. If no date is indicated, use "n.d." without quotation marks. Identify the medium by inserting "Print" without quotation marks. End with a period; for example: Doe, John. "Common New York State Frogs." Handout. Science Institute. New York, NY. 2008. Print.

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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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