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MLA Style:  Reports

UON Library guide to MLA referencing style 8th edition for UON students

Reports: General Notes


  • Corporate reports, pamphlets, brochures, and other freestanding publications are treated essentially as books.

  • Many reports are authored by organisational departments, units or agencies - if so, include them as 'corporate authors' as the first element in the reference.

  • The author and publisher should be recorded as they appeared when the document was published, not amended to their current organisational title.

  • Report titles appear in italics.

  • Include report numbers (if available).

  • For print reports include only the first place of publication if more than one is listed. 

  • Include the publisher if it is different from the author.

  • Some reports may be assigned a DOI or "digital object identifier". If this is the case the DOI must be added to the reference. If no DOI is found, then the URL of the online publication site is included. Check What are DOIs? for more information.

Research & technical reports


The following is the general format of a reference to a research or technical report. 

Add a DOI or URL to the end of the citation for reports located online.

See general rules for research reports for more details. 


In-text citation: format and example

... (Author's Last Name Page/s cited) ...

... (Physical Literacy 16) ...

... (The Millennium 15) ...


Works-cited list entry: format and example

Author. Report Title: Subtitle. Report number, Publisher, Year, DOI or URL.

Physical Literacy: Do Our Kids Have All the Tools? Active Healthy Kids Australia, 2016, doi:10.4226/78/57AAD6BD49165.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015. United Nations, 2015,

Government reports


For government reports and documents see government documents.

White papers


A white paper is a short document or report by a government agency, corporation, or organisation that presents their philosophy, position, or policy on a particular issue. These documents are usually found via their website (or Google search).

White papers follow a similar format to a research report or a government document if produced by a government agency.