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MLA Citation

Book with One Author


Basic Format: (Remember to italicize the book title.)

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

If you are having trouble finding the publisher, check the inside front page.

Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation. Random House, 1998.

Book with Multiple Authors


List the authors in the order they are listed in the book. Notice that the order of the second author's name is different from the first author.

Jaffe, Steven H., and Jessica Lautin. Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City. Columbia University Press, 2014.

If there are three or more authors, list only the first author then use the phrase "et al." (Latin for "and others") instead of listing all the remaining authors.

Neft, David S., et al. The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball. St. Martin's Griffin, 2004.


Book by a Group or Organization (Corporate Author)


Corporate AuthorA corporate author can mean any group that does not identify an individual person as the author. This can include a commission, a committee, an organization or a government agency.  The corporate author's name goes where the author's name goes.


American Allergy Association. Allergies in Children. Random House, 1998.

If the corporate author and the publisher are the same, leave out author information. 

The Social Implications of The Scientific and Technological Revolution. UNESCO, 1981.

Book With No Author


Book with No AuthorIf there is no author just begin with the title.  When you are alphabetizing your works cited page, treat the first word of the title as if it were an author's last name.  For example, the book below would appear between D and F.

Encyclopedia of Indiana. Somerset, 1993.

An Edition of a Book (Textbook)


Edition of a Book/ TextbookCite the way you would any book but add the edition number after the title.

Robbins, Stephen P., et al. Fundamentals of Management : Essential Concepts and Applications. 9th ed., Pearson, 2015.

An Anthology or Collection


Anthology or CollectionIf you are citing one essay/chapter of the anthology use the following form:

Last name, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Poe, Edgar Allen. "Fall of the House of Usher." The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology, edited by William L. Andrews, W.W. Norton, 1998, 103-116.

If you are citing the entire anthology here is an example:

Andrews, William L., editor. The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology. W.W. Norton, 1998.

The Bible


BibleThe name of the bible is italicized followed by the name of the version.  Here are three examples:

The Bible. Authorized King James Version, Oxford UP, 1998.

The Bible. The New Oxford Annotated Version, 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2001.

The New Jerusalem Bible. Edited by Susan Jones, Doubleday, 1985.



EbookeBooks are cited simliarly to print books but should mention the platform or file type (e.g. Kindle, EPUB, Nook, PDF).

Anbinder, Tyler. City of Dreams, ProQuest Ebook Central, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.