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MLA 8th Edition Citations: Books

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Use a citation tool to create citations and bibliographies in various formats, including MLA and APA. Always check the citation to make sure it is accurate.

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Book with One, Two, or More Authors

Format - One Author

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

Example - One Author

Valenti, Francine. More Than a Movie. Westview Press, 2000.

Format - Two Authors

Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

Example - Two Authors

Twycross, Meg, and Sarah Carpenter. Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England. Routledge, 2002.

If there are more than two authors, list the first author and the phrase "et al.," which means "and others."


Format

Last Name, First Name et al.Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

Example

Vaughn, Samantha et al. Half Empty Half Full. Harcourt, 2000.

Book with No Author

Format

Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

Example

World Almanac and Book of Facts. Funk, 2007.

Book with an Editor

You may cite an essay from a book with an editor and multiple authors, or the whole book. This will depend on what you have quoted within your paper.


Format - Entire Edited Book

Last Name, First Name, editor. Title of Book, Publisher, Year.

Example - Entire Edited Book

Grover, Jan, editor. Healthcare, Greenhaven Press, 2007.

You may cite an essay from a book with an editor and multiple authors, or the whole book. This will depend on what you have quoted within your paper.


Format - Essay from an Edited Book

Last Name, First Name. "Essay Title." Title of Book, edited by (Editor) First Name Last Name, Publisher, Year, p(p). Page #.

Example - Essay from an Edited Book

Williams, Walter. "Bogus Rights." Healthcare, edited by Jan Grover, Greenhaven Press, 2007, pp. 127-136.

Electronic Book (E-Book)

An e-book citation follows the same rules as a print book citation, with additional information about where it was accessed. If there are no page numbers, do not use device-specific numbers. Instead, use chapter or section headings if available.


Format - from web site or database

Title of Book. Publisher, Year. Title of database or website, DOI or permalink or database URL.

Example - from web site or database

Walsh, John. Emily Dickinson in Love: The Case for Otis Lord. Rutgers University Press, 2012. Project Muse, muse.jhu.edu/book/13760.

An e-book citation follows the same rules as a print book citation, with additional information about where it was accessed. If there are no page numbers, do not use device-specific numbers. Instead, use chapter or section headings if available. If you do not know the type of device (e.g., Kindle) or file (e.g., EPUB), use "e-book" instead.


Format - From an e-reader or app

Last Name, First Name. Title. Device ed. or e-book, Publisher, Year.

Example - From an e-reader or app

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Kindle ed., Arthur A. Levine Books, 1999.

Quirk, Tom. Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction. e-book, Twayne Publishers, 1997.