Author. Title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Print.
If no author is given, start with the title.
EX: Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.
Note: the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook says that italics is "normally" used for titles. The 7th edition was against anything but italics for titles.
MLA Handbook 8th ed.
- Assumes everything is print unless additional information suggests otherwise.
- Location of publisher is no longer recorded.
- It is no longer necessary to indicate the date when you accessed an electronic resource.
- Write out entire URLs.
One author (p. 21):
Fukuyama, Francis. Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology
Revolution. Farrar, 2002.
Editor (p. 23, 52):
Blanco, Richard L., editor. The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An
Encyclopedia. 2 vols. Garland, 1993.
Multiple Authors (p. 21-23):
Booth, Wayne C., and Gregory G. Comb. The Craft of
Research. 2nd ed., U of Chicago P, 2003.
Plag, Ingo, et. al. Introduction to English Linguistics. Mouton,
E-book (p. 35):
Poe, Edgar Allen. "The Mask of the Red Death." The Complete
Works of Edgar Allen Poe, edited by James A. Harrison,
vol 4, Thomas Y. Cromwell, 1902, pp. 250-58. HathiTrust
Digital Library, babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.319240
Paoli, Letizia. Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian
Style. Oxford U P, 2003. EBSCOhost, mcneese.idm.oclc
Corporate author (pp. 24-25):
National Research Council. Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the
World's Population. Natl. Acad., 2000.
Anthology (pp. 38, 46, 50):
Allende, Isabel. "Toad's Mouth." A Hammock beneath the Mangoes:
Stories from Latin America, edited by Thomas Colchie. Plume,
Special Edition (pp. 38-39):
Cheyfitz, Eric. Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and
Colonization from the The Tempest to Tarzan.
Expanded ed., U of Pennsylvania P, 1997.
General Reference [style.mla.org]:
"Noon, 4b." The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989.
Special Reference (p. 35):
Allen, Anita L. "Privacy in Health Care." Encyclopedia of Bioethics.
Edited by Stephen G. Post. 3rd ed. Vol. 4. Macmillan-
Thompson, 2004, pp. 150-58.
Translation (p. 23, 37):
Donaldson, E. Talbot, translator. Beowulf. Edited by Nicholas Howe.
Chartier, Roger. The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries
in Europe between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane, Stanford UP, 1994.