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MLA Style Guide, 7th Edition: Publishers

This is a guide for MLA Style. It is based on the Modern Language Association of America's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

General Rules for Publishers

Publisher information is usually found on the title page or verso of the title page of a book. MLA uses shortened forms of publisher names.


Use standard abbreviations whenever possible (Acad., Assn., Soc., Univ., UP). See Section 7.4-7.5 for more examples.

Shorten the publisher's name by omitting articles (a, an, the), business abbreviations (Co., Corp., Inc.), and descriptive words (Press, Publisher, Books, House).  


"Little, Brown and Company, Inc." is shortened to "Little."

Salem Press is shortened to "Salem."

Sittler, Ryan L., and Douglas Cook, eds. The Library Instruction Cookbook. Chicago: ALA, 2009. Print. ("ALA" is the American Library Association.)

When citing a university press, always use the abbreviation, "UP."  University of Mississippi Press becomes "UP of Mississippi." 


Multiple publishers

When multiple publishers are listed, include all of them. Place a semicolon between each one.


London: Benn; New York: Barnes, 1967. 


Authors as publishers 

When a corporate or organizational author is the publisher, cite the work by the corporate author (5.5.5).


Urban Land Institute. Cities Post-9/11. Washington: Urban Land Inst., 2002. Print.


Government publications (5.5.20)

Most federal publications are published by the Government Printing Office (GPO), in Washington, DC. The British counterpart is the HMSO in London. Publications from the United Nations and local governments can have many different publishers. Give the publication information that appears on the title page.


United States. Dept. of Labor. Child Care: A Workforce Issue. Washington: GPO, 1988.  (GPO is the publisher.)

United States. Dept. of Criminal Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime. By Howard N. Snyder. 2001. National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Web. 2 June 2011.  (NCJRS is the publisher.)


Web pages

Include the publisher or sponsor of a website. If not available, use N.p. (no publisher). 


Tyre, Peg. "Standardized Test in College?" Newsweek. Newsweek, 16 Nov. 2007. Web. 15 May 2008. (Newsweek is the publisher.)

Lessig, Lawrence. "Free Debates: More Republicans Call on RNC." Lessig 2.0. N.p., 4 May 2007. Web. 15 May 2008. (Lessig 2.0 is the name of the website; the site is licensed under a Creative Commons license; no publisher.)