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MLA: Books

Basic guidelines for citations in MLA.

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for book citations are found in the MLA Handbook (2016).  You can also visit the websites listed on the MLA home page.

In-text citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue OWL: MLA 2016 In-text Citations.

Basic Book Citation

Basic Works Cited Entry

Author's last name, Author's first name. Title of the Book. Publisher,


Book with one author


Davis, Michael. Street Gang: The Complete History of

Sesame Street. Viking, 2008. 


Book with more than one author


Hoobler, Dorothy, and Thomas Hoobler. The Crimes of  Paris: A

      True Story of  Murder, Theft, and Detection.  Little, 2009.

Edited book


Steinberg, Shirley R., and Joe L. Kincheloe, ed.

Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular

Culture. Westview, 2009.


Electronic Book


Sherry, Vincent. The Great War and the Language of Modernism. Cambridge UP, 2003.

     OhioLINK Electronic Book Center.

Two additional items may be necessary for citing an electronic book: Name of the database or website (here, OhioLINK EBC) and the URL for retrieval.