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MLA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

Citing Artistic Works and Performances

Please see below for MLA guidelines on how to cite different types of artistic works and performances such as films, live theater productions, lectures, live musical concerts (groups and individuals), artwork viewed in person, etc.

Citing a Film

Format: Title of Film. Directed by Director's Name, performance by Major Performer's Name, Production Company, Year of Film's Release.

Example: The Night of the Hunter. Directed by Charles Laughton, performance by Robert Mitchum, et al., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 1955.

Citing a Live Theater Production

Format: Author/Playwright. Title of Play. Directed by Director's Name, performance by Major Performer's Name, Theater Company, Date of Production, Name of Theater, City (if not in the theater name).

Example: Swale, Jessica. Blue Stockings. Directed by Emily Grigg, performance by Trina Grant, et al., Spartanburg Community College Theater, 14 April 2016, SCC Downtown Campus Auditorium, Spartanburg.

Citing a Live Lecture

Format: Author/Speaker. Title of Lecture. Title of Event, Date of Lecture, Name of Venue/Location, City (if not in the venue name).

Example: Jones, Ashley M. Public Reading of Magic City Gospel. Wonders of Writing Symposium 2017, 21 Sept. 2017, SCC Downtown Campus Auditorium, Spartanburg.

*Note: If lecture does not have a formal title, create a descriptive title (as above) and do not italicize it.

Citing a Live Musical Concert (Individual)

Format: Performer. Concert. Date of Performance, Name of Venue/Location, City (if not in the venue name).

Example: Church, Eric. Concert. 6 Apr. 2017, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville.

*Note: If concert has a title, you can include it after the performer's name.

Citing a Live Musical Concert (Group of Performers)

Format: Title of Performance. Concert (omit if 'concert' is in title). Performance by Name of Group or Major Performers, Date of Performance, Name of Venue/Location, City (if not in the venue name).

Example: Converse Chorale Spring Concert. Performance by The King's Quire, 20 Apr. 2017, Daniel Recital Hall, Converse College, Spartanburg.

Example 2: Wofford College Music Department Pops Concert. Performance by Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Choir, Goldtones, and Wofford Men, 27 Apr. 2017, The Pavilion, Wofford College, Spartanburg.

*Note: If concert does not have a formal title, you can create a descriptive title, but do not italicize it.

Citing a Program:

Example: Program for Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Concert at Twichell Auditorium, Converse College, Spartanburg. 29 Apr. 2017.

Citing Artwork Viewed in Person

Format: Artist. Title of Artwork. Year of Creation. Name of Museum/Location, City (if not in the museum name).

Example: Van Gogh, Vincent. The Starry Night. 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York.