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MLA Style Citation Guide: Citing Books

Reflects the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.)

Citing Books in MLA Style: Basic Format

Basic Format for a Book - MLA 7th Edition

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. (For electronic material add date accessed)

Basic Format for a Book - MLA 8th Edition

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Publisher, Year of Publication.

Basic Format for an Anthology - MLA 7th Edition

Lastname, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection. Ed. Editor's Name(s). City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page range of entry. Medium of Publication. (For electronic material add date accessed)

Examples

Print book, one author

7th Edition - Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. Print.

8th Edition - Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. D. Appleton and Company, 1896.

Electronic book (eBook), one author  

7th Edition - Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. Web.  1 Feb 2014

8th Edition - Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. D. Appleton and Company, 1896

Books with more than one author

7th Edition - Doe, John, and Jane Doe. A Book. Boston: Made-Up Publishing, 2014. Print.

7th Edition - Doe, John, Jane Doe, and Jim Doe. Books. Boston: Made-Up Publishing, 2014. Print.

OR

7th Edition - Doe, John, et al. Books. Boston: Made-Up Publishing, 2014. Print.

8th Edition - Doe, John, and Jane doe. A Book. Made-Up Publishing, 2014.

8th Edition - Doe, John, et al. Books. Boston: Made-Up Publishing, 2014.

Book by a corporate author

7th Edition - Microsoft. The Book by the Big Corporation. Seattle: Microsoft Publishing, 2004. Print. 

8th Edition - Microsoft. The Book by the Big Corporation. Microsoft Publishing, 2004.

A book without an author

7th Edition - Who Wrote Me? A Memoir. Boston: Made-Up Publishing, 2015. Print.

8th Edition - Who Wrote Me? A Memoir. Made-Up Publishing, 2015.

A translated work

7th Edition - Sapkowski, Andrzej. The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher. Trans. Danusia Stok. London. Orion. 2008. Print.

‚Äč8th Edition - Sapkowski, Andrzej. The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher. Translated by Danusia Stok. Orion. 2008.

(Note: In 8th Edition MLA, editors, illustrators, translators, etc. are no longer abbreviated.)

A work in an anthology, reference book, or collection 

7th Edition - Doe, John. "Deciding on My Name." Musings of John Doe. Ed. Jane Doe. Boston: Made-Up Publishing. 2015. 123-39. Print.

8th Edition - Doe, John. "Deciding on My Name." Musings of John Doe. Edited by Jane Doe. Made-Up Publishing. 2015, pp. 123-39.