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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?

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:

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. Library Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions. American Library Association, 1992.
MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages. “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World.” Modern Language Association, . . .

Published 10 April 2018

How do I cite a company’s report?

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, . . .

Published 4 December 2017

When an organization is the author and the publisher of a work, the handbook advises writers to begin the works-cited-list entry with the title of the source. Is it OK to use the organization’s name in a signal phrase or in the in-text citation even though the name does not begin the works-cited-list entry?

No. The text should always key to the list of works cited. You can provide the key in the parenthetical citation or in your text. Below are two acceptable ways to cite the MLA Handbook:
According to the Modern Language Association of America, documentation should be useful to readers (MLA Handbook 4).
According to the MLA Handbook, documentation should be useful to readers (4).
The following two examples are insufficient, because MLA Handbook, the title of the work that begins the works-cited-list entry, is not mentioned:
Documentation should be useful to readers (Modern Language Association 4).

Published 16 August 2016

News articles are sometimes credited to agencies like Reuters and the Associated Press. Should the agencies be cited as the authors of these articles?

No. News agencies distribute stories from a vast pool of journalists. The name of an agency is not a meaningful indicator of authorship. Moreover, local news editors may change stories that they receive from agencies, further muddying the authorship. If an article is credited only to a news agency, treat the article as anonymous and begin the entry with the article’s title.

Published 29 February 2016

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