All the hot new research gets debuted at conferences. In fact, on the academic scene, anyone who\u2019s anyone goes to conferences. But even if you\u2019re not ready to attend in person, you may need to cite a conference paper in your work. Here\u2019s how to do it using MLA referencing.\n\nIn-Text Citations for a Conference Paper\nAs with all MLA citations, when citing a conference paper, you should give the surname of the author and page numbers for the section you\u2019re citing:\nThe image included a rabbit, a bat and a reindeer (Lewis 212).\nThe citation above, for example, points to page 212 in a paper by \u201cLewis.\u201d If you have mentioned the author\u2019s name in the main text, however, you do not need to repeat it. Just cite the page number instead:\nLewis calls these overlooked books \u201clibrary ghosts\u201d (214).\nYou will then give the full publication details in the Works Cited list.\n\nWorks Cited: Published Paper\nIf you\u2019re citing a paper from published conference proceedings, the format to use is as follows:\nSurname, First Name. \u201cPaper Title.\u201d\u00a0Proceedings Title, Conference Location and Date, edited by Editor Name(s), Publisher, Date of Publication.\nIn practice, this would look something like this:\nLewis, Jack. \u201cLost Literature: The Social Consequences of Stock Loss.\u201d Proceedings of the International Library Conference, Amsterdam, 13\u201314 June, edited by W. Oldham, LCP Publications, 2015.\n\nWorks Cited: Unpublished Paper\nYou can also cite an unpublished conference paper. This could be something you saw presented at a conference, but it could also be a paper you found on a conference or university website. The format for citing an unpublished paper is based on MLA rules for citing a public speech:\nSurname, First Name. \u201cPaper Title.\u201d Conference Name, Location and Date. Conference Presentation.\nYou\u2019ll notice that the conference details are not italicized here, unlike the published proceedings. If you found the unpublished paper online, moreover, you should include a URL. For instance, an unpublished version of the Lewis paper cited above could be listed like this:\nLewis, Jack. \u201cLost Literature: The Social Consequences of Stock Loss.\u201d International Library Conference, Amsterdam, 13\u201314 June 2015. Conference Presentation. www.internet-librarian.com\/2015\/papers-presented\/lewis-stock-loss.pdf\nIf you have downloaded a paper from a specific database, you should include the database name before the URL as well. The key thing is making sure your reader can find the paper you\u2019ve cited. And if you\u2019d like an expert to check your references are clear and consistent, we can help.