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MLA Help: Books & eBooks

Gateway Libraries


Formatting is important! 

√   Double-space within and between each entry.

√   The first line of each source starts at the left margin and all lines after are indented five space.  (Called a hanging indent)

Print Books


BASIC CITATION SET UP (one author):         

Author's last name, first name. Title. Publisher city: Publisher name,  Year. Format


Single Author

 Stookey, Lorena Laura. Thematic Guide to World Mythology. Westport: Greenwood, 2004. Print.

Two authors

Beers, Burton F., and Rose Ann Mulford. The Vietnam War. Upper Saddle River: Globe Fearon, 1997. Print.

Three authors:

Venolin, Jean P., Georgio Cordini, and Joseph Hitchings. What Makes a Great Writer? Chicago: Hudson, 2004. Print.

More than three authors:

Bailyn, Bernard, et al. Modern Pop Culture. Lexington: Heath, 2004. Print.

An edition other than the first edition:

Cree, Alice. Essays on Native American History. 2nd ed. Cactusville: Heritage, 1992. Print.

Multi-volume work:

Beckwith, Carol and Angela  Fisher. African Ceremonies. 2 vols. New York: Abrams, 1999. Print.

One piece or article from an anthology or a collection:

Nye, Naomi Shihab. "Widening the Circle." Race, An Anthology in the First Person. Ed. Bart Schneider. 2nd ed. New York: Crown, 1997. 36-40. Print.

(Note: The name of the author of the specific piece goes first; the name of the book's editor(s) follow the title of the collection, followed by the edition number, if it is not the first edition.  Include the page numbers of the specific piece)


Entire online book:

Beatty, Ketty and Dale Bradshaw. "Andrea Lekberg: Pastry Chef/Artist." Firestarters: 100 Job Profiles to Inspire Young Women. Indianapolis: JIST Pub., 2006. Netlibrary, Web. 1 Feb. 2010.

Chapter in an online book

Kipling, Rudyard. "The Man Who Was." The Short Story. Ed. Brander Matthews. New York: American Book Co., 1907. Great Books Online. Web. 29 July 2008.