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MLA Citation Guide 7th Edition: Citing a book

Guide to MLA Citations

Basic Book Citation

Basic Works Cited Entry

Author's last name, Author's first name. Title of the Book. Location: Publisher,

Year. Medium of publication.

Book with one author

Davis, Michael. Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street. New York:

Viking, 2008. Print.

Book with more than one author


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

Theft, and Detection. New York: Little, 2009. Print.

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for book citations are found on pages 148-80 [print sources] and 181-93 [electronic sources] in the MLA Handbook (2009), or visit the websites listed on the MLA home page of this guide.

Book with two editors


Steinberg, Shirley R., and Joe L. Kincheloe, eds. Christotainment: Selling Jesus

through Popular  Culture. Boulder: Westview, 2009. Print.    

Electronic Book

Haig, Matt. Brand Failures: The Truth About the 100 Biggest Branding

Mistakes of All Time. London: Kogan Page, 2003. ebrary. Web. 9 June 2009.

Two additional items are necessary for citing an electronic book: Name of the
database or website (here, ebrary), and the day you used the book, in date Month
year order.