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MLA Citation Quick Guide: Book

A simple introduction to citing sources following the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.

Model Book Citation

Works Cited Entry, Basic Form

Author Name, Reversed. Title of the Book. Location: Publisher, Date. Medium of publication.

  • Use the prescribed punctuation between each element of the citation.
  • Italicize the title of the book.
  • Use hanging indent (all lines after the first indented 1/2 inch).

Book with Single Author

 

Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. New York: Walker and Co., 1997. Print.

 

 

Book with Multiple Authors

 

Crabtree, Susan, and Peter Beudert. Scenic Art for the Theatre. Waltham, MA: Focal Press, 2012. Print.

  • Note that subsequent authors' names are not reversed.

 

Scholarly Edition

 

Milton, John. Paradise Lost: A Poem Written in Ten Books. Ed. John T. Shawcross and Michael Lieb. Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 2007. Print.

  •  Note that the editor(s) of the scholarly edition are provided following the title.

Edited Book

 

Desan, Suzanne, Lynn Hunt, and William Max Nelson, eds. The French Revolution in Global Perspective. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2013. Print.

 

 

Book in Subsequent Edition

 

Burke, Thomas Aquinas. Ohio Lands: A Short History. 9th ed. Columbus: Auditor of State, 1997. Print.

  •  Note the inclusion of the edition statement.

Electronic Book

 

Miller, Nicholas Patrick. The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. Oxford Scholarship Online. Web. 29 January 2014.

  •  Note the inclusion of the name of the database and the date of access.

More Information

For more details on citing specific types of books, including anthologies, translations, books in series, government publications, dissertations, etc., see MLA Handbook, chapter 5.5, p. 148-181.

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