Organizational Author | MLA In-Text Citations

If a source is created by an organization (a corporation, a research institute, etc), the author element in the in-text citation is the name of the organization shortened to its shortest noun phrase. The citation will point the reader to the full name within the Works Cited page. In the text and in the Works Cited, use the full name of the organization.

For instance, the Excelsior Online Writing Lab is an organization. Our name consists of two noun phrases: “Excelsior” and “Online Writing Lab.” Therefore, for an in-text citation of our site, a student would only use “Excelsior.” In our example below, you’ll see how we’ve shortened the National Academy of Medicine down to simply the National Academy.



According to the National Academy of Medicine, “sources should be science-based, objective, transparent, and accountable.”

“Sources should be science-based, objective, transparent, and accountable” (National Academy).

Work Cited

National Academy of Medicine. "NAM & WHO Encourage Digital Platforms to Apply Global Principles for Identifying Credible Sources of Health Information." 24 Feb. 2022,

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