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MLA 9th Edition Subject Guide

Basic Guidelines for Citations in MLA

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 two authors


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

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

Book with three or more authors


Charon, Rita et al. The Principles and Practices

      of Narrative Medicine.  Oxford UP, 2017.

Edited book


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

Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular

Culture. Westview, 2009.


Electronic Book


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



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 2021 In-text Citations.

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for book citations, including and beyond those given here, are found in the MLA Handbook (2021).  You can also visit the websites listed on the MLA home page.