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MLA Citation Style Guide: MLA Abbreviations

Month Abbreviations

January

Jan.

February

Feb.

March

Mar.

April

Apr.

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

Aug.

September

Sept.

October

Oct.

November

Nov.

December

Dec.

(MLA Handbook Sec.1.6, p. 95)

MLA Handbook 8th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

Common Academic Abbreviations

 

The following abbreviations are recommended for use in the works-cited list, and in in-text citations.  Where confusion may result, spell out the words instead.  The plurals of the noun abbreviations given here other than p. are formed through the addition of s (e.g., chs.).

ch.

chapter

dept.

department

ed.

edition

e.g.

for example (from the Latin exempli gratia; set off by commas, unless preceded by a different punctuation mark)

et al.

and others (from the Latin et alii, et aliae, et alia)

etc.

and others so forth (from the Latin et cetera; like most abbreviations, not appropriate in text)

i.e.

that is (from the Latin id est; set off by commas, unless preceded by a different punctuation mark).

no.

number

P

Press (used in documentation in names of academic presses: "MIT P")

p., pp.

page, pages

par.

paragraph

qtd. in

quoted in

rev.

revised

sec.

section

trans.

translation

U

University (also French Université, German Universität, Italian Università‚Äč, Spanish Universidad, etc.; used in documentation: "U of Tennessee, Knoxville")

UP

University Press (used in documentation: "Columbia UP")

vol.

volume

 

(MLA Handbook Sec. 1.6.2, pp. 96-97)
 
MLA Handbook 8th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2016.