How do I cite a sign?

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 you quote unique language from a sign, create a works-cited-list entry for it.

A sign advises you to “shout, wave arms, throw stones” if you encounter a bear in the park (“Bear Country”).

For the entry, follow the MLA format template. The entry below includes a description in place of the title, the publisher of the sign, and the location where the sign was viewed. Since no date appears on the sign, the date the sign was viewed appears in the optional-element slot at the end of the entry:

“Bear Country” sign. National Park Service, Yosemite National Park. Viewed 11 June 2016.