World Languages and Literatures information resources: Citing & writing

Style guides

  • MLA Style Library guide (8th ed., 2016)
  • MLA handbook for writers of research papers [print]

Citing translations

MLA, 8th ed.

Note that in the 8th ed., terms like 'translator' ('editor', 'illustrator', etc.) are no longer abbreviated, and that the place of publication and the type of source at the end of a citation (e.g. 'Print') are no longer required. Authors' names from languages that do not use the Latin alphabet should be romanized.

Gorky, Maksim. Childhood. Translated by Graham Hettlinger, Ivan R. Dee, 2010.

MLA (8th ed.), p. 23: "When you discuss a source that was translated from another language and your focus is on the translation, treat the translator as the author." E.g.:

Seidensticker, Edward G., translator. The Tale of Genji. By Murasaki Shikibu. Knopf, 1976.

Sullivan, Alan, and Timothy Murphy, translators. Beowulf. Edited by Sarah Anderson, Pearson, 2004.

Writing guides

Recommended books


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Citation management tools

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