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MLA 9th Edition Style Guide: Publisher Abbreviations

This guide will assist you in formatting in-text citations and a Works Cited list in the current MLA style.

How to abbreviate publisher names

If both University and Press appear they should be abbreviated as U and P

Example

This appears in the source: Columbia University Press

This is how to include it in your works cited list: Columbia UP

If University does not appear in the publisher's name, then spell out the word Press

Example

This appears in the source: Columbia Press

This is how to include it in your works cited list: Columbia Press

If Publishing, Publisher or Pictures appears in the source, include it the Works Cited list

Example

This appears in the source: Workman Publishing

This is how to include it in your works cited list: Workman Publishing

Omit the following in the Works Cited list, if they appear in the source:

  • Company or Co.
  • Corporation or Corp.
  • Incorporated or Inc.
  • Limited or Ltd.
  • The

Example

This appears in the source: The Workman Publisher Incorporated

This is how to include it in your works cited list: Workman Publisher

If the ampersand (&) appears in the source, change it to (and) in the Works Cited list

Example

This appears in the source: Farrar & Rinehart

This is how to include it in your works cited list: Farrar and Rinehart