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Citation Style Guides: Books

General Form

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,


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,

     1992. 83-88.



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 []:

"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.

     Norton, 2001.

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.

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