Citation Examples: Audio Recording

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Here are some example citations for audio recordings. They are based on MLA 8 guidelines. A Works Cited page should be double spaced within and between citations. To save room, we only single spaced. When a citation requires more than one line, the second line and any lines that follow should have a hanging indent. That means the first line of each citation aligns with the left margin, and all additional lines are indented half an inch.

Example – song on an album

John, Elton. "Candle in the Wind." Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, MCA, 1974.

Example – song on an album, listened to on artist’s own Web site, performer as author

Beyoncé. “Sandcastles.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016,

Example – song on an album, listened to on artist's own Web site, focus on producer

Berry, Vincent, producer. “Sandcastles.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016,

Example – song, no album, listened to on a Web site, author is songwriter

Key, Francis Scott. "Star Spangled Banner." U.S. Army Music, U.S. Army,

Example – song on an album, listened to on Spotify

Morris, Rae. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014. Spotify, track/0OPES3Tw5r86O6fudK8gxi.

Example – album, artist is a group

Beatles. Abbey Road. Capitol, 1969.

Example – opera album, listened to on a CD, composer as author, with featured artists

Mozart, Wolfgang A. Cosi Fan Tutte. Performance by David Randall and Philippe Huttenlocher, RCA, 1978.

Example – episode of a radio program (or podcast), listened to on publisher's own Web site

"What It’s Really Like to ‘Walk’ in Space." Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR, 21 Aug. 2016,

Example – speech, listened to on a Web site

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “I Have a Dream.” American Rhetoric, 28 Aug. 1963, 

Example – poem, listened to from a library database

Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. "Thayer: 'Casey at the Bat'." Exploring Poetry, Gale, 2003. Research in Context,

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