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MLA: Books

Books

Book by One Author:

Format:

Author's Last Name, First name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year. 

Example: 

Hill, Fred James, and Nicholas Awde. A History of the Islamic World. Hippocrene Books, 2003.


Book by Two Authors:

Format:

Author's Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year.

Example:

Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Allyn and Bacon, 2000.


Book by Three or More Authors:

Format:

Author's Last name, First Name, et al. Title of Book. Publisher, Year. 

Example:

Wysocki, Anne Frances, et al. Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition. Utah State UP, 2004.


Ebook Examples:

Ebook

Silva, Paul J. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. E-book, American Psychological Association, 2007.

Ebook from a Database

Shakur, Assata. Assata: An Autobiography. Zed Books, 1987. Black Thought and Culture, https://cod.idm.oclc.org/loginurl=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/bibliographic_entity%7Cbibliographic_details%7C4390514?account_id=10202&usage_group_id=106547.


Tip: Include the city of publication if the book was printed prior to 1900 or for a publisher that has offices in more than one country.

Example: Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850.

Articles/Chapters from an Edited Book

Format:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Chapter or Section.” Title of the Work, edited by First name Last name, Publisher, Year the book was published, page number(s).

Example:

Stern, Katherine. "Toni Morrison's Beauty Formula." The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable, edited by Marc. C. Conner, University Press of Mississippi, 2000, pp. 77-91.

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