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How to Cite a Pamphlet

Working on a project about a museum exhibit? You’ll likely want to cite the pamphlet given to visitors, in addition to newspaper clippings about the exhibit or books written on the subject presented. Compiling information about a business? You may want to quote directly from the company’s brochure.

Citing a pamphlet may seem like a daunting task at first. You may be more accustomed to writing citations for scholarly works, rather than for primary source documents. But with the proper information, you’ll find that citing a pamphlet isn’t as challenging as it might seem initially. In fact, the information required is quite similar to what you’d need if you were citing a book.

Let’s review how to do this in MLA format (8th ed.), APA format, and Chicago/Turabian. For our example, let’s look at the pamphlet “Access” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

To cite a pamphlet properly, you must identify the following pieces of information:

  1. The author of the pamphlet. This can be an individual, group, or organization
  2. Title of the pamphlet
  3. URL of the website that the pamphlet was found on (if found online)
  4. Date the pamphlet was published
  5. Publisher of the pamphlet
  6. City where the publisher is located (for Chicago/Turabian)

Use the following structure to cite a pamphlet in MLA format:

Last name, First name of the author or Organization responsible for the creation of the pamphlet. Title of the Pamphlet. Publisher*, date of publication, URL. (remove http:// or https:// from the citation).

*Note about the Publisher: If the name of the publisher matches the name of the author, start the citation with the title and do not include the author information.

If in Print:

If the pamphlet is found in print, end the citation with the date of publication and a period. Exclude the URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA format:

Access. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fall 2017, metmuseum.org/-/media/Files/Events/Programs/Progs%20for%20Visitors%20with%20Disabilities/AccessCalendar.pdf.

*The Metropolitan Museum of Art is both the author and the publisher. To prevent duplication of this information twice in the citation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is only included in the publisher position.  

Use the following structure to cite a pamphlet in APA:

To cite a pamphlet found online in APA, use the following structure:

Author’s Last name, First initial. Middle initial. or Name of Organization. (Year the pamphlet was published). Title of pamphlet [Brochure]. Retrieved from URL

If in Print:

To cite a pamphlet in print in APA, use the following structure:

Author’s Last name, First initial. Middle initial. or Name of Organization. (Year the pamphlet was published). Title of pamphlet [Brochure]. City of publisher, State abbreviation or Country: Publisher*.

*When citing a pamphlet in print in APA, if the name of the publisher matches the name of the author, place the word Author in the place where the publisher’s name would be.

Here’s how the above example would be cited as an APA citation:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017). Access [Brochure]. Retrieved from https://metmuseum.org/-/media/Files/Events/Programs/Progs%20for%20Visitors%20with%20Disabilities/AccessCalendar.pdf

If citing the same pamphlet in print, the APA citation would look like this:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017). Access [Brochure]. New York, NY: Author.

Use the following structure to cite a pamphlet in Chicago/Turabian:

Last name, First name of the Author or Name of the Organization who wrote the pamphlet. Title of Brochure. City of Publication: Publisher, Year published. URL.

If in Print:

If citing the pamphlet in print in Chicago/Turabian, exclude the URL from the citation and end the citation with a period.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago/Turabian:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Access. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017, https://metmuseum.org/-/media/Files/Events/Programs/Progs%20for%20Visitors%20with%20Disabilities/AccessCalendar.pdf.

One Last Option

If you like guided forms better, EasyBib.com has a citation form specifically for pamphlets that tells you exactly what information is needed for the citation. Simply fill in the form with the correct information and the citation will be generated for you. Click here to try it out.

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