How to cite an online report in MLA

MLA online report citation

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

  1. Author(s) name: If the report was published by an organization that is also its author, omit the author and start with the title.
  2. Title of the report: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Report number: Give the report number if available.
  4. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.
  5. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.

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

Author(s) name. Title of the report. Report no. Report number, Year of publication. URL.

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

Examples

A report by an international organization found online

Department of Making Pregnancy Safer. Annual report, 2005. 2006, apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/69505/WHO_MPS_07.01_eng.pdf.

A financial report by a government agency found online

Bureau of Fiscal Service, Department of Treasury. Financial Report of the United States Government. 2018, fiscal.treasury.gov/files/reports-statements/financial-report/2018/03282019-FR(Final).pdf.

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