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Cite Your Sources: Citing Musical Works

This page has lots of resources to help you create citations for your research assignments.

MLA style guide in the library

General guide to citing music

This MLA link gives all possible concerns with citing music. Here is the example for citing song lyrics:

If you cite lyrics from a website, provide a description in place of the title. Then provide the name of the website, publication information for the site, and the URL:

Beatles.  Lyrics to “Revolution 1.” Genius, 2017,

Remember to include the title, version, composer, and supplier of the music (publisher)

This keeps everyone on the "same page."

How you cite a song depends on how you accessed it. If you listened to the song on physical media like a vinyl album or CD, follow the MLA format template. List the performer or band as the author and then the title of the song. List the name of the album as the title of the container and then provide the publication details for the album. In the optional-element slot at the end of the entry, indicate the format:

Swift, Taylor. “Blank Space (Taylor's Version)” 1989 Taylor's Version Album, Universal Public Records, 2023. Vinyl LP.

If you listened to the song through a music streaming service, provide the name of the platform as the title of the container, the publisher of the site (if any), and the URL:

Swift, Taylor. “Blank Space (Taylor's Version)” Sound Cloud,

Modern Language Association Style - MLA