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MLA 8th referencing style

A guide to using MLA 8th referencing style

Play/script - print

Reference Example
In-text

(Miller 11)

OR

In Act One of Death of a Salesman, Miller...(11)

Reference list

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.

Endnote reference type Book

Play/script - online

Reference Example
Note

URLs are an optional element to include for eBooks. While encouraged as a URL may provide readers with more information on where the reference was originally located and accessed, follow your instructors directions on whether or not to include.

In-text

(Delany, act 1)

OR

Act 2 of Shaw's play opens inside the cottage...

Reference list

Delaney, Shelagh. A Taste of Honey. Revised ed,. Methuen, 2008. Drama Online.

Shaw, George Bernard. Mrs Warren's Profession. 1984. Project Gutenburg, 2002. Project Gutenburg, www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1097.

Endnote reference type

Electronic Book

You will need to manually edit the output for this style in the plain text version of the document to italicise the database/website/platform the eBook version was accessed from and add URL if DOI not available (optional element).

Unpublished script

Reference Example
In-text

(Nowra)

OR

Nowra's playscript examines...

Reference list

Nowra, Louis. "The Watchtower." 1990. Theatrical script.

Endnote reference type Generic

Performance

Reference Example
Note

If your discussion of the work focuses on the contribution of a particular person (e.g. director or actor), you would put them in the place of the author, followed by a descriptive label. If you are referencing the work without focusing on a particular person's contribution, begin with the title and include information about other people's contribution in the position of other contributors.

In-text

Lefevre's interpretation of Shaw's work...

OR

The Queensland Theatre Company production of Oedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore...

Reference list

Lefevre, Robin, director. Heartbreak House. By George Bernard Shaw, performances by Philip Bosco and Swoosie Kurtz, Roundabout Theatre Company, 1 Oct. 2016, American Airlines Theatre, New York.

OR

Oedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore. By Daniel Evans, directed by Jason Klarwein, designed by Jessica Ross, performed by Ellen Bailey, Emily Burton, Joe Klocek and Toby Martin, Queensland Theatre Company, 11 June 2015, Billie Brown Studio, Brisbane.

Endnote reference type

Generic

If you are focusing on a contributor, their name should be entered into the author field as you would a corporate author with a comma in the name with the description included in the field. For the above example, the name would go into the author field as Lefevre,, Robin, director. Further manually editing of the plain text version of the document may be required.