It’s looking a lot like the holiday season! As soon as we’ve finished carving our turkeys and saying thanks to our families and friends, holiday music invades our ears everywhere we go. Whether we’re shopping in the mall, traveling on the freeway, or sitting in our favorite coffee shop, holiday music is on! One other place holiday music might be found? In research projects!
Believe it or not, it’s pretty common to include song lyrics in research projects. If you’re including lyrics to a holiday song in your assignment and you’re not sure how to cite it, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find directions on how to cite holiday song lyrics in MLA format, APA format, and Chicago. We’re using the lyrics to the classic tune, Jingle Bells, found on the popular lyrics website, MetroLyrics at http://www.metrolyrics.com/jingle-bells-lyrics-christmas-carols.html.
To cite the lyrics to a holiday song, you’ll need the following pieces of information:
- Name of the band, singer/songwriter, or individual(s) who wrote or performed the lyrics
- Title of song
- Website name
- Publisher of the website
- Year the lyrics were published
- The URL
Use the following structure to cite song lyrics found online in MLA 8:
Band name or Singer/Songwriter’s Last name, First name. Lyrics to “Title of Song.” Website name, Publisher of the Website (only include if it differs from the website name), Year published, URL (remove http:// or https://).
Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA 8:
Lyrics to “Jingle Bells.” MetroLyrics, CBS Interactive, http://www.metrolyrics.com/jingle-bells-lyrics-christmas-carols.html.
Use the following structure to cite song lyrics found online in APA format:
Band name or Singer/Songwriter’s Last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year published). Title of song [Lyrics]. Retrieved from URL
Here’s how the above example would be as an APA citation:
Jingle bells [Lyrics]. Retrieved from http://www.metrolyrics.com/jingle-bells-lyrics-christmas-carols.html
Use the following structure to cite song lyrics found online in Chicago:
Band name or Singer/Songwriter’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Song.” Date published or Accessed date (Only include date of access if published date is unavailable). URL.
Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago:
“Jingle Bells.” Accessed on December 4, 2017. http://www.metrolyrics.com/jingle-bells-lyrics-christmas-carols.html