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MLA 8th Edition: Books



Author's Last name, First name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year. Name of Library Database (if applicable) or Website Name, URL (if applicable).


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

Shakur, Assata. Assata: An Autobiography. Zed Books, 1987. Black Thought and Culture Database.

Henty, George Alfred. The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt. Blackie and Son, 1889. HathiTrust Digital Library,

Tip: Only include the city of publication if the book was printed prior to 1900, has versions that differ in one country than another, or if it is a rare book.

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

Articles/Chapters from an Edited Book


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).


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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