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MLA (8th ed.) Citation Style Guide: Course Packs, Class Handouts, Class Lectures

Core Elements Format

The MLA 8th ed. does not provide rules for citing specific types of resources.  They provide a universal set of guidelines for any type of material based based on the core elements.  The examples provided in this libguide were created by a Douglas College librarian and follow this format.

Course Pack

Brennan, Patricia. "Pulmonary Case Studies." NURS 3130: Supplementary Readings, edited by Lucinda Robertson, Douglas College, 2017, pp. 17-25. Course Pack.

MLA does not give specific instructions on how to cite custom course packs.  It is always best to check with your instructor.  Our example is based on SFU's recommendation to treat the course pack as an anthology when they are reprinting articles, chapters etc.  The instructor would be the editor with this approach.

MLA states "If the source is an unexpected type of work, you may identify the type with a descriptive term.  For instance, if you studied a radio broadcast by reading its transcript, the term Transcript will indicate that you did not listen to the broadcast. (MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 52).  In the example above including Course Pack at the end of the citation will indicate the type of work.

Course Pack, Journal Article Reprinted in

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Course Pack, edited by Instructor's First Name Last Name, Douglas College, Publication Date, pp. xx-xx. Originally published in Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, publication date, pp. #-#. Course Pack.


Johnson, Victor. "A Labour of Love?: Mothers and Emotion Work." NURS 3130: Supplementary Readings, edited by Lucinda Robertson, Douglas College, 2016, pp. 30-44. Originally published in Journal of Midwifery, vol. 17, no. 10, 2009, pp. 636-640. Course Pack.


(Johnson 35)

With reprints, MLA states "when a source was previously published in a form other than the one in which you consulted it, you might include information about the prior publication. (MLA 8th ed., p. 53)

Class Handout

Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Handout." Course Number: Course Title, Douglas College, Campus, Date. Class Handout.


Smith, Donald. "Rhetorical Analysis." ENGL 1130: Academic Writing, Douglas College, Coquitlam, 14 Nov. 2016. Class Handout.



Douglas College is the publisher core element in this example.

Class Lecture

Instructor's Last Name, First Name. "Lecture Title." Course Number: Course Title,

Douglas College, Campus, Date. Class Lecture.

This citation format was based on an example of an Address in the MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 52.  If in doubt, check with your instructor.


Cannon, Dolores. "Accessing Theta."  PSYC 2341: Abnormal Psychology

Douglas College, New Westminster, 28 Oct. 2016. Class Lecture.