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A. One AuthorB. Two to Three AuthorsC. Three or More AuthorsD. Work in an AnthologyE. Corporate AuthorF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Entry in an Encyclopedia/DictionaryI. Edition other than the FirstJ. Introduction, Foreword, Preface, or AfterwordK. TranslationL. Government Publication
A. Basic Journal ArticleB. Journal Article from an Online PeriodicalC. Journal Article from Library DatabaseD. Magazine ArticleE. Magazine Article from DatabaseF. Newspaper ArticleG. Google ScholarH. Research Starter Articles
A. Basic Web PageB. Document from a Web siteC. No Author
A. Video or DVDB. Sound RecordingC. Musical Composition
A. Works of ArtB. Online Image
A. LectureB. Online Course Materials
A. EmailB. Indirect SourcesC. TwitterC. Speeches, Lectures or Oral Presentations
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A guide to help with formatting your citations in MLA style.
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C. Speeches, Lectures or Oral Presentations Print Page

About Citing Sources

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and a specific example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

Parenthetical Citation - entry that appears in the body of your paper.

Works Cited - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the MLA Handbook (7th ed.). 

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.


Speeches, Lectures, or Other Oral Presentations (including Conference Presentations) p. 203

For the Format use a term that describes the type of presentation (e.g., Address, Lecture, Reading, Keynote Speech, Guest Lecture, Conference Presentation.)

General Format  
Parenthetical Citation:
(Lecturer/Speaker Surname)

Works Cited:
Lecturer/Speaker Surname, First Name. "Speech/Lecture Title." Conference, Meeting or
         Class Name. Sponsoring Organization (if available). Location of Speech/Lecture.
         Date of Speech/Lecture [Day Month Year]. Format.
Example (Lecture Notes from a Class)
Parenthetical Citation:
Works Cited:
Grossman, Gael. "Lecture Title." English 1540. Jamestown CommunityCollege,
          Jamestown, NY. 23 Mar. 2005. Lecture.
Example 2 (Keynote Address from a Conference)
Parenthetical Citation:
Works Cited:
Stein, Bob. "Computers and Writing Conference Presentation." Purdue University.

         Union Club Hotel, West Lafayette, IN. 23 May 2003. Keynote Address.

Speech From a Website (p.189, 203)

General Format  
Parenthetical Citation:
(Lecturer/Speaker Surname)
Works Cited:
Lecturer/Speaker Surname, First Name. "Speech/Lecture Title."

         Location of Speech/Lecture. Date of Speech/Lecture [Day Month

         Year]. Title of Website. Web. Date of Access. <URL>. 

Parenthetical Citation:
Works Cited:
Obama, Barack. "Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech."
            Fleet Center, Boston. 27 July 2004. American Rhetoric. Web.
            9 Feb, 2012. <


Learn More

Learn more about the Modern Language Association style from the association website.

A clearly organized and well presented document offering details on various levels of MLA citation style. 

An alternative to College of the Rockies Library MLA Citation Style Guide

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The MLA Style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.

Librarians at SFU have created what is considered the definitive resource for use when citing Canadian Government documents and online resources in MLA Style.


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