The publisher is the organization that is primarily responsible for producing the source. When including a publisher in an MLA style citation, make sure to:

  • Shorten the publisher’s name by leaving out business words such as Company (Co.), Incorporated (Inc.), and Limited (Ltd.).
  • Use the abbreviation UP for a university press (e.g. Harvard UP,  U of Toronto P).
  • If there are two publishers named in your source, separate them with a forward slash (/).

Do not include a publisher for the following sources:

  • A journal, magazine, or newspaper
  • A work published by its author or editor
  • A website whose title is the same as the name of the publisher
  • A website that is not involved in the production of the material that it makes available (e.g. YouTube or WordPress).
If there is no publisher simply leave it out.