Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015     Views: 53

Book by a Single Author

The basic format for citing a book in MLA style is:

Author Last Name, Author First Name A. Title of book. Place of publication, Date. Print

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Franke, Damon J. Modernist Heresies: British Literary History. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2008. Print.

See MLA Handbook 7th ed. page 148 (5.5.2) for additional information.

Book by Two or More Authors

The basic format for citing a book with two or more authors in MLA style is:

Author Last Name, Author A., and Author B. Author Last Name. Title of book. Place of Publication, Date. Print

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Columb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. Print.

See MLA Handbook 7th ed. page 154 (5.5.4) for additional information.

Electronic Book (eBook)

The basic format for citing an ebook in MLA style is:

Author Last Name, Author First Name A. Title of book. Publisher Place: Publisher, Year Published. Title of database or website. Web. Date of Access

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Wisner, Merry E. Gender in History: Global Perspectives. Malden, MA: Oxford U Press, 2011. MyiLibrary. Web. 16 December 2011.

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to site a book  or ebook in your class assignments and projects.

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More Information

The library provides access to resources like video tutorial and web resources that can help you cite books and ebooks in MLA style. Please visit our Citing Your Sources guide or explore the resources below for help. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing sources in MLA Style.

Video tutorials on MLA style including citing sources, formatting papers, and more are available via the Atomic Learning database. Please note: you will be asked to log in using your SNHU email username and password. 

Helpful Web Resources:

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance citing sources in MLA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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