How do I cite a company’s report?
Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.
A company’s report, whether published or not, can be cited following the MLA format template. When you cite a report, the company or organization can usually be considered the publisher, unless another entity published the report.
A Report Written and Published by a Corporate Entity
If a report was written and published by a corporate entity, list that entity as the publisher and begin the entry with the report’s title:
Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America. National Endowment for the Arts, June 2004.
A Report Written and Published by Different Corporate Entities
If a report was written and published by different corporate entities, list the entity that wrote the report as the author and the entity that published the report as the publisher. In the following example, Hart Research Associates wrote a report published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). The report was published by the AACU on its website, which is listed as the container title in the works-cited-list entry. Since the name of the website is the same as the name of the publisher, the publisher’s name is omitted:
Hart Research Associates. It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2013, www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/it-takes-more-major-employer-priorities-college-learning-and.
A Report with One or More Authors
If a report has one or more authors, put the authors in the “Author” slot and the organization’s name in the “Publisher” slot:
Powell, Catherine, and Ann Mei Chang. Women in Tech as a Driver for Growth in Emerging Economies. Council on Foreign Relations Press, July 2016, www.cfr.org/technology-and-science/women-tech-driver-growth-emerging-economies/p38097.
An Untitled Report
If a report is untitled, supply a description of the report in place of a title:
Annual report. Market Analytics International, 2015.