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Citing conference proceedings: MLA (8th ed.) citation guide

This guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed. and provides selected citation examples for common types of sources. For more detailed information please consult the print version of the handbook available at the SFU Library.

The 8th edition of the MLA Handbook does not list specific rules on how to cite a DVD, a book, a journal article, etc., but instead outlines a universal set of general guidelines of citation and documentation that can be applied to any source type, including conference proceedings. These are the guidelines we followed to develop the following examples for you.

Conference proceedings

Parenthetical (in-text)

(Brewin, Paul, and Monita 19)

(The Workshop for )

Works cited

Brewin, M.K., A.J. Paul, and M. Monita, editors. Bull Trout II Conference Proceedings: Ecology and Management of Northwest Salmonids, 17-20 Nov. 1999, Canmore, AL. Calgary, Trout, 2001.

Proceedings without an editor:

10th International Workshop on Accelerator Alignment, February 11-15, 2008, Tsukua, Japan.  Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, SPIRES-HEP.

One presentation in the proceedings:

Kolda, Christopher. "Flavor Physics in the LHC era: The (Supersymmetric) Case for a SuperB Factory." Super B III: The Third Workshop on a Super Flavor Factory based on Linear Collider Technology, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 14-16 June, 2006. Edited by David Hitlin, David MacFarlane & John Seeman. Standford Linear Accelerator Center, SPIRES-HEP.


When citing a published conference proceeding in your paper, provide the same information as when citing a book but also include additional information such as the title and date of the conference.

If citing a single presentation at a conference, provide the author and title of the presentation and details about the conference proceedings in the same format as citing a chapter in a book (see the third example above).

If you are citing an anonymous work, use the title of the work (or an abbreviated form of it) in the parenthetical (in-text) citation and alphabetize by the title of the work in the Works Cited list.