MLA Citations – Books

Single-Author Book

Last name, First name. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

Armistead, Cal. Being Henry David. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 2013. Print.

Multiple-Author Book

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

Stokes, Chris, and Mark Howden. Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Preparing Australian Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for the Future. Collingwood: CSIRO, 2010. Print.

Note that after the first name, names are shown in First Last order.

 
Multiple-Author Book, More Than Three Authors

You can either list all of the authors (always in the same order as shown on the title page of the book), or use et al., which means “and others.” (The period after “al” is used because it’s an abbreviation for et alia. Yes, we agree they should just spell it out, but for some reason they didn’t ask us.)
 

Last name, First name, First name Last name, First name Last name, First name Last name, and First name Last name. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

Ambrose, Susan A., Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.

or

Last name, First name, et al. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

Ambrose, Susan A., et al. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.

Corporate Author

Name of Association, Company, or Organization, Without Abbreviation or an Initial Article, if Present. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2013. Print.

Anonymous Author

Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Page numbers. Medium. Date of access (if medium is Web)

Gilgamesh: A New English Version. Trans. Stephen Mitchell. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Print.

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Print.

Anthology or Compilation

As appropriate, replace “ed.” below with “ed. and trans.” or “comp.” or some combination thereof. Use this style only when the editor(s) alone are listed on the title page.
 

Last name, First name, ed. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

VicunĖƒa, Cecilia, and Ernesto Livon-Grosman, ed. The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology. Oxford: Oxford U P, 2009. Print.

Note: See the page for Articles for guidelines on citing a selection from an anthology.

 
Graphic Novel or Illustrated Edition

Last name, First name. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. Illus. First name Last name. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition. Illus. Jim Kay. New York: Arthur A. Levine, 2015. Print.

In cases where you primarily refer to the illustrations or illustrator, swap the names. For example:

Kay, Jim, illus. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition. By J. K. Rowling. New York: Arthur A. Levine, 2015. Print.

Introduction, Preface, Foreword, Afterword, Translator’s Note, etc.

Use this style for any material that is written by anyone other than the author of the book. If the section has a title (other than the basic terms noted above), use that in place of the section name, in quotation marks.

Last name, First name. Name of section. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. By First name Last name. City: Publisher, Year. Page numbers. Medium. Date of access (if medium is Web)

Spiekermann, Erik. Foreword. The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces. By Stephen Coles. New York: HarperCollins, 2012. 006. Print.

Later Editions

The edition should be listed after the name(s) of the editor, translator, etc., if they are present. Abbreviate the names of editions: 2nd ed., Rev. ed., Abr. ed. (abridged), unless there is no standard abbreviation.

Last name, First name. Book Title in Italics and Title Case. Edition. City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

Fiero, Gloria. Landmarks in Humanities. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Print.

Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo. 1845. Abr. ed. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004. Print.

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