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How to Cite a Case Study in MLA: Works Cited, Text Citation, and Footnote

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Dr. Helen Johnson
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Academic writing is a broad discipline that covers essay writing, report writing, and case study analysis. In all these writings, students use scholarly sources, such as books, case studies, and peer-reviewed journal articles, to validate arguments. Hence, academic writing standards require students to cite sources that they use to present evidence to back up arguments.

General Rules on Citing a Case Study in MLA

If students use a case study as a source and cite it following the MLA format, there some essential details that they must capture in their citation entry. For example, the main elements include:

  • Name of the author(s)
  • Title of a case study
  • Location of a publisher
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
How to Cite a Case Study in MLA

Citing a Case Study as a Standalone Document in MLA on the Works Cited Page

If an author has published a case study as a standalone document, a student should cite this source in the Works Cited page in the way they would cite a book. Hence, a citation entry should appear as follows:


Author’s Last Name, First Name. Case Study Title (Title case study and italicized). Location of the Publisher. Publisher, Date. Case Study.  An example would be:


Rosegrant, Susan. Leadership Failure at Wal-Mart: The Curse of Internationalization. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Publishing, 2015.

Citing a Case Study with In-Text Citations and Footnotes in MLA

When it comes to citing a case study in a body of a paper, a student should use a parenthetical citation (in-text) by indicating the last name of the author and the page number in a case study from where the information is picked.

In-Text Citation Example:

If students follow the rules of an MLA format, an in-text citation would appear as (Rosegrant 5).

Footnote Citation Example:

If a student has to use footnotes, a footnote citation example is

Susan Rosegrant, Leadership Failure at Wal-Mart: The Curse of Internationalization (Boston, MA: Harvard Business Publishing, 2015), 5.

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