How should authors cite their own work?
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.
In the works-cited list, authors should cite their own work the same way they would cite any other source. The entry should begin with the name of the author or authors, followed by the title of the work and any publication details.
In their prose, the authors may refer to themselves with pronouns (e.g., In my work . . . or In our own research . . .).
For parenthetical citations, authors have two options, as shown in the examples below, which are adapted from the Style Center post “Reading Is Not One Thing.” They may include their names in the parentheses, as shown in the first example, so that the citation clearly keys to the source in the works-cited list, or they may omit their names, as shown in the second example, since the authorship is understood.
These findings match what we found in our own research on students’ reading behaviors (Del Principe and Ihara, “‘I’”).
These findings match what we found in our own research on students’ reading behaviors (“‘I’”).
Del Principe, Annie, and Rachel Ihara. “‘I Bought the Book and I Didn’t Need It’: What Reading Looks Like at an Urban Community College.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College, vol. 43, no. 3, 2016, pp. 229–46.