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MLA 8th ed. Style Guide: Art, Photography, Music

This MLA Style Guide has basic examples for citations. For more complex examples, please see the MLA Handbook, 8th edition.

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Sample Citations - Art, Photography, Music

Art

Artwork in a book

Rodin, Auguste. The Thinker. 1880, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Rodin’s Art: The Rodin Collection of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, by Albert E. Elsen, Oxford UP, 2003, p. 176.

Physical object experienced in person

Art or an artifact from a museum or archive experienced in person should include the name place and the city (omit the name of the city if it is part of the place's name).

Rodin, Auguste. The Thinker. 1880, National Gallery of Art, Washington. 

Untitled work of art

In place of titles for untitled sources, give a generic description of the object with no italics or quotation marks.

Wright, Frank Lloyd. Leaded glass skylight. 1908, Meyer May House, Grand Rapids.

Photography

Titled Photograph

Smith, Susan. Sunflower Field. 21 July 2016, Flicker, www.flickr.com/photos/51532760@N00/28458626695.

Music

Audio Recording

Taylor, James. "Carolina in My Mind." Greatest Hits, Rhino, 2004. 

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Art of Fugue. Performance by Emerson String Quartet, Deutsche Grammophon, 2003.

Live Performance

Paisley, Brad. Country Nation College Tour, 10 Oct. 2015, Wake Forest U, Winston-Salem. Concert. 

Musical Score

Vivaldi, Antonio. Concerto in D. Adapted for guitar solo by Charlie Byrd. Columbia Music, 1970.

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