How to cite an annual report in MLA

MLA annual report citation

Annual reports are usually published by an organization that is also its author. Therefore, the name of the organization is included only as the publisher and the reference entry starts with the title. If you accessed the report online, click here for the citation format.

To cite an annual report in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Title of the report: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  2. Report number: Give the report number if available.
  3. Publisher: Always use the abbreviated version, e.g: MIT P for MIT Press or Oxford UP for Oxford University Press.
  4. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an annual report in MLA style 8th edition:

Title of the report. Report no. Report number, Publisher, Year of publication.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


The annual report of a company

2018 Annual Report. Hess Corporation, 2018.

The annual report of a government agency

Annual Performance Report FY2015. National Wildlife Refuge System, 2016.

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