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MLA Style Guide (8th edition): Works Cited: Books

Quick reference guide to MLA style: how to do in-text citations and Works Cited page

Citing Books

On your Works Cited page, list all your sources alphabetically by author name, according to the pattern shown here.  Use a hanging indent!

Book with one author:

Everett, Daniel L. Language: The Cultural Tool.  Pantheon Books, 2012.

Book with two authors:

Lukianoff, Greg, and Jonathan Haidt. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Penguin Press, 2018.

Book with three or more authors:

Wysocki, Anne Frances, et al. Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition. Utah State UP, 2004.

Book with no author:

Encyclopedia of Indiana. Somerset, 1993.

Book that is one volume in a set:

Sturtevant, William C. Handbook of the North American Indians, vol. 3.  Smithsonian Institution, 1978, pp. 79-80

Book with editor(s):

O'Hear, Anthony, and Marc Sidwell, editors. The School of Freedom: A Liberal Education Reader from Plato to the Present Day.  Imprint Academic, 2009.

Book with translator:

Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary: Provincial Ways. Translated by Lydia Davis. New York: Viking, 2010.

Ebook from a database:

Schuler, Douglas. Liberating Voices : A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution. The MIT Press, 2008. EBSCOhost,

One selection (chapter, article, or poem) in a book:

Harris, Muriel. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One, edited by Ben Rafoth, Heinemann, 2000, pp. 24-34.

Burns, Robert. "Red, Red Rose." 100 Best-Loved Poems, edited by Philip Smith, Dover, 1995, p. 26.

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Find more help

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) has an excellent online style guide.  Take a look for more help!

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