Use the following template or our MLA Citation Generator to cite a report. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename (if available). Title. Publishing Organization, Date published, URL (if applicable).


State of Cybersecurity 2020. Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Dec. 2019,

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname or Title)


According to ISACA, just over half of their survey respondents felt their enterprise was likely to experience a cyberattack in the next 12 months (State of Cybersecurity).

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How do I format an in-text citation for a report in MLA style?

MLA uses only the author’s or authors’ names (in the case of two authors) in in-text citations. If there is no author, the citation includes the title. Unlike other reference styles, the year of publication is not included in the text in MLA style. However, the specific page number or numbers from which information has been taken are included. There are two types of in-text citations in MLA style: citation in prose and parenthetical citation.

The in-text citation style is the same for any type of publication (journal, book, or report). Below shows both types of in-text citations in MLA style for one author.

Citation in prose

Include the full name of the author at the first mention of the work in the text. Use only the surname in subsequent occurrences. Do not use middle initials in citations. Put the page number or numbers at the end of a reference to something specific in the author’s work.


First occurrence: In her report, Kate Murray explained how to archive a PDF.

Subsequent occurrences: Murray showed the archival of a PDF in a workflow (121).

Parenthetical citation

Include only the surname of the author in all occurrences and the page number(s).


The archival of a PDF was shown in the workflow (Murray 121).

How do I format a works cited entry for a report in MLA style?

As per MLA style, use the format below to cite a report.


Reporter’s Last name, First name, report title, publisher name, date published, and URL (if applicable).

If both author and publisher of the report are the same, then begin your citation with the title of the report.


Wormington, Jim, et al. Aluminum: The Car Industry’s Blind Spot. Human Rights Watch, 22 July 2021,