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Citation Style: MLA

Book examples

One author

Author Last name, First name. Book Title. Publisher, Year of Publication.

Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. Penguin Books, 2003. 

Two authors

Author Last name, First name, and Author First Name, Last Name. 

Welsch, Roger L. and Linda K. Welsch. Cather's Kitchens: Foodways in Literature and Life. U of Nebraska P, 1987.

Three or more authors

When there are three or more authors, use only the first author's last name and first name, followed by "et al."

Plag, Ingo, et al. Introduction to English Linguistics. Mouton, 2007.

Edited book, one editor

Editor Last name, First name, editor. Book Title. Publisher, Year of Publication.

Shell, Marc, editor. American Babel: Literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni. Harvard UP, 2002.

Edited book, two editors

Editor Last name, First name, and Editor First name, Last name, editors. Book Title. Publisher, year.

Holland, Merlin, and Rupert Hart-Davis, editors. The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde. Henry Holt, 2000.

Edited book, three or more editors

Editor Last name, First name, et al., editors. Book Title. Publisher, Year.

Johnson, Norinne G. et al., editors. Beyond Appearance: A New Look at Adolescent Girls. American Psychological Association, 2001.

Chapter, essay, short story, or poem in an anthology or edited book

Author Last name, First name. "Title of Chapter, Essay, etc." Book Title, edited by Editor First Name, Last Name, Publisher, Year, pp.

Jackson, Shirley. "The Lottery." Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, edited by Robert DiYanni, McGraw Hill, 2008, pp. 409-15.

Introduction, foreword, preface, or afterword in an anthology or edited book

Author Last name, First name.  "Title of Section (if available)." Name of Section. Book Title, edited by Editor's First name, Last name, Publisher, Year, pp.

DiYanni, Robert. "Literature: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking." Introduction. Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, edited by DiYanni, McGraw Hill, 2008, pp. 1-23.

Entry in a reference book

Author Last name, First name. "Entry Title." Reference Book Title, edited by Editor First name Last name, Edition number (if available), volume number (if available), Publisher, Year.

Allen, Anita L. "Privacy in Health Care." Encyclopedia of Bioethics, edited by Stephen G. Post, 3rd. ed., vol. 4, Macmillan-Thomson, 2004.

If the entry is unsigned, begin with the entry title.

"Currency." Dictionary of Economic Terms, edited by Charles Rhodes, Random House, 2009.

eBook from a database

Author Last name, First name. Book Title. Publisher, Year of publication. Name of Database, permanent link.

Nadler, Reldan S. Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Hands-on Strategies for Building Confident and Collaborative Star Performers. McGraw Hill, 2011. eBooks on EBSCOhost, http://ezproxy.vccs.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=339122&site=ehost-live.

eBook from an e-reader

Author Last name, First name. Book Title. Publisher, Year of publication. Name of E-book Provider, URL for e-book.

Slawenski, Kenneth. J.D. Salinger: A Life. New York: Random House, 2011. Amazon.com,amzn.com/0812982592.