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Citations: MLA Style (8th ed.)

A guide to writing and citing in MLA format.

Documenting Legal Works

Documenting legal works in MLA can be complicated, and there are lots of sources that fall under legal or government records.

The MLA recommends:

Nonspecialists can use MLA style to cite legal sources in one of two ways: strict adherence to the MLA format template or a hybrid method incorporating the standard legal citation into the works-cited-list entry. In either case, titles of legal works should be standardized in your prose and list of works cited according to the guidelines below.

Students and scholars working outside the legal profession and using MLA style should follow the MLA format template to cite laws, public documents, court cases, and other related material.

Online Government Publication

"Librarians." Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16 Dec. 2019, 

Parenthetical citation: ("Librarians").

Court Cases

Website, Standard MLA:

United States, Supreme Court. Brown v. Board of Education. 17 May 1954. Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School,

Parenthetical citation: (United States, Supreme Court).


United States, Supreme Court. Obergefell v. Hodges. 26 Jun. 2015. Oyez, Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, 

United States, Supreme Court. Loving v. Virginia. 12 Jun. 1967. Oyez, Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech,


Website, Hybrid MLA/Bluebook Example:

Brown v. Board of Education. 347 U.S. 483. Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School,


Library Database

United States, Supreme Court. Obergefell v. Hodges. 2015. Issues & Controversies, Infobase, 2018,

Goverment Report

Note that reports are treated like e-books, not articles, since they're self-contained documents.

Kan, Shirley A. Taiwan: Major U.S. Arms Sales Since 1990. Congressional Research Service, 29 Aug. 2014. Federation of American Scientist, 

Parenthetical citation: (Kan). (Kan 78).