If the author of a work is given as a division of an organization, do I still omit an author and list only the organization as publisher in my works-cited-list entry?
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.
The MLA Handbook notes, “When a work is published by an organization that is also its author, begin the entry with the title, skipping the author element, and list the organization only as publisher” (25). But when the author of a work is a division or committee of the organization, list the division or committee as the author, and list the organization as the publisher:
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MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages. “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World.” Modern Language Association, 2007, www.mla.org/flreport.
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.