Citing and referencing: Reviews

A guide to the styles recommended by Monash schools and departments for students and researchers


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Tips from the MLA Handbook

The following examples are based on more detailed information in:

Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Mod. Lang. Assn., 2009, Print.
See the handbook p.144 (5.4.7) 

Give the reviewer’s name and the title of the review (if any).
Write Rev. of (neither italicized nor enclosed in quotation marks), the title of the work reviewed, a comma, the word by, and the name of the author. If the work of someone other than an author—say, an editor, a translator, or a director—is under review, use the appropriate abbreviation, such as ed., trans., or dir., instead of by.
For a review of a performance, add pertinent information about the production. For example, name of theatre or venue and city or place of perfromance.



Reviewer Lastname, Firstname. Rev. of Title, by Firstname Lastname. Journal Title Volume.Issues (Year):pp-pp. Print.

Reviewer Lastname, Firstname. Rev. of Title, by Firstname Lastname. Journal Title Volume.Issues (Year):pp-pp. Title of database. Web. Date of access.


Book review

Margolis, Harriet. Rev. of The Mad Max Movies, by Adrian Martin. Senses of Cinema 28 (2003). Web. 8 Feb. 2013.

Jeffers, Alison. Rev. of Performing Exile, Performing Self: Drama, Theatre, Film, by Yana Meerzon. Theatre Research International 38.1 (2013):71-72. Cambridge Journals Online. Web. 7 Feb. 2013.

Theatre review

Ringer, Loren. Rev of Et Soudain, Des Nuits D'Éveil (and Suddenly, Nights of Awakening), by Ariane Mnouchkine and Hélène Cixous. Le Théâtre du Soleil, Paris. Theatre Journal 50.4 (1998): 529-31. Print.

Film review

Kinder, Marsha. Rev. of High Heels, dir. Pedro Almodóvar. Film Quarterly 45.3 (1992): 39-44. Print.

Anderson, John. "Boys Don't Cry Director Turns Her Lens on What it Means to Be a Soldier." Rev. of Stop-Loss, dir. Kim Peirce. ,Washington Post 25 Mar. 2008, final ed.: C01. Factiva. Web. 12 Sep. 2008