How to Cite an Email Message in MLA

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An email citation should include the name of the writer, a description of the message including who it was sent to, and the date it was sent.


Works cited entry structure:

Last, First M. Email to [recipient name]. Date.


Cloyd, Allison M. Email to Emily Gover. 23 July 2014.

*Note: If you are the sender of the email, you should include your name in the author field. If you are the recipient of the email, you can include your name within the description, or you can include “Email to the author” in the description field instead. 

In-text citation example:



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