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Citing Your Sources

General Guidelines and Examples


See "Musical Album," "Single Song or Track," "Podcast" and "Single Podcast Episode."


Generally, citations begin with the artist name. They might also be listed by composers or performers. Otherwise, list composer and performer information after the album title. Put individual song titles in quotation marks. Album names are italicized. Provide the name of the recording manufacturer followed by the publication date.

If information such as record label or name of album is unavailable from your source, do not list that information.

These instruction are taken from "MLA Works Cited: Other Common Sources" (Purdue OWL).


Song from an online album

Citation for a song from an online album

Song from an album on Spotify

Citation for a song from an album on Spotify

Song from an album on CD

Citation for assong from an album on CD

Recording of a performance

If a source carries a notation indicating that this is a version of a work released in more than one form, identify the version in your entry.

Citation for a recording of a performance

The examples are taken from "MLA Works Cited: Other Common Sources" (Purdue OWL) and the MLA Handbook.

In addition to examples above, see "Podcasts" and "Spoken-Word Albums such as Comedy Albums."


See "Musical Recordings," "Recorded Speeches," "Audiobooks or Recordings," and "Live Performances."

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