Answered By: Jennifer Harris
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These citations are based on MLA 8th edition.

Book by a Single Author

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

Author Last Name, Author First Name  MiddleInitial. Title of Book. Publisher, Date. 

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

Goulimari, Pelagia. Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to Postcolonialism. Routledge, 2014.

Book by Two Authors

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

Author Last Name, Author A., and Author B. Author Last Name. Title of book. Publisher, Date. 

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

Russell, D. A., and Michael Winterbottom. Classical Literary Criticism. Oxford UP, 2008.

Books by Three or More Authors

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

Author Last Name, Author A., et al. Title of book. Publisher, Date. 

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

Marscot, Michel et al. Applied Social Sciences. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

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, Year Published. Title of database or website, URL or DOI.

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

Price, H. P. Studies in the Way of Words. Harvard UP, 1991. ACLS Humanities E-book, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/heb.08428.0001.001.

Beckford, James A. Social Theory and Religion. Cambridge UP, 2003. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/snhu-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1357382.

NOTE: You can include optional information such as series title and place of publication. See pages 50-53 of the MLA Handbook 8th edition. You can also abbreviate publishing names like "UP" for "University Press" or "U of Chicago P" for "University of Chicago Press".

More Information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing sources in MLA Style.

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

References

The Modern Language Association of America. (2016). MLA Handbook. New York: Modern Language Association of America.

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