How do I indicate that I am citing an editorial?

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.

If the editorial is signed by the editorial board, it is not necessary to indicate in a works-cited-list entry that the work you are citing is an editorial:

Editorial Board. “How to Tell Truth from Fiction in the Age of Fake News.” Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2016,

If the editorial is unsigned and you want your reader to know that the piece is an editorial rather than a news article, you can refer to the work as an editorial in your discussion, or you can include “Editorial” as an optional element at the end of the entry:

“It’s Subpoena Time.” The New York Times, late ed., 8 June 2007, p. A28. Editorial.

If it’s an op-ed—that is, an opinion piece written by someone who is not an editor of the publication—you can include “Op-ed” at the end of the entry:

Gergen, David. “A Question of Values.” US News and World Report, 11 Feb. 2001, p. 72. Op-ed.