How to Cite a Conference Paper in MLA

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Unpublished conference paper

Like normal conference proceedings, we want to include the name of the entire proceedings, and if there is a specific presentation or paper being cited, include this information as well. We also want to include conference information (name of conference, date, and location) if not already stated in the name of the proceedings.

Because the conference proceedings / paper is unpublished, we will not include any publication information, but instead a description of the type of document and the year it was accessed. Additionally, as it is important to describe where the document can be found since there is no formal publisher, we have to include the location of the document. Like all citations in a works cited, try to incorporate as much information as you can find.


Works Cited Structure:

Last, First M. Title of Unpublished Conference Paper. Title of Conference, Date of Conference, Location. Unpublished conference paper. Institution Holding the Document, Location of Institution, Year of Access. Print.

Works Cited Example:

Langley, Dawn. Global Warming or Global Meltdown? Global Environmental Summit, May 2008, Zurich, Switzerland. Unpublished conference paper. Northwestern University Library, Evanston, 2008. Print.

In-text Citation Structure: 

(Author Last Name page #)

In-text Citation Example: 

(Langley 2)

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