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MLA Citations (8th ed.): Other Contributors

This guide will help you format your paper and cite resources according to MLA citation style.

Contributor Basics

Aside from an author whose name appears at the start of the entry, other people may be credited in the source as contributors. If their participation is important to your research or to the identification of the work, name the other contributors in the entry. (p. 37)

Precede each name (or group of names) with a description of the role. See below a list of common descriptors.

Common Descriptions for Contributors

Below are common descriptors:

  • adapted by
  • directed by
  • edited by
  • illustrated by
  • introduction by
  • narrated by
  • performance by
  • translated by
  • created by

Other Contributors

Sometimes contributors cannot be described with common descriptors listed above. The role must instead be expressed as a noun followed by a comma.

Here is an example:

     general editor, Edwin H. Cady

     guest editor, John K. Reeves

Editors and Translators

The editors of scholarly editions and of collections and the translators of works originally published in another language are usually recorded in documentation because they play key roles. (p. 37)

Here are some examples:

     Chartier, Roger. The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe between the
               Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries
. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane, Stanford
               UP, 1994.

     Dewar, James A., and Peng Hwa Ang. "The Cultural Consequences of Printing and the
               Internet." Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein,
               edited by Sabrina Alcorn Baron et al., U of Massachusetts P / Center for the
               Book, Library of Congress, 2007, pp. 365-77.

Many Contributors

If a source such as a film, television episode, or performance has many contributors, include the ones most relevant to your project. (p. 38)

Here is an example:

     "Hush." Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, performance by Sarah Michelle
               Gellar, season 4, episode 10, Mutant Enemy, 1999.

Contributor for Part of a Collection

A source contained in a collection may have a contributor who did not play a role in the entire collection. For instance, stories and poems in an anthology are often translated by various hands.

In these cases, identify the contributor(s) after the title of the source rather than after that of the collection. (p.38)

For example:

     Fagih, Ahmed Ibrahim al-. The Singing of the Stars. Translated by Leila El Khalidi and
               Christopher Tingley. Short Arabic Plays: An Anthology, edited by Salma Khadra
               Jayyusi, Interlink Books, 2003, pp. 140-57.