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MLA: Book Examples

Learn how to create a paper and source citations in MLA style.

Print Book

Check out the "Works Cited Citations" section for more information on how to find and format individual elements of the citation.
If an element is not present (e.g. other contributors), leave it out.

Citation Recipe:

  1. Author.     Berman, Ronald.
  2. Title of source.     Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the Twenties.    
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publishers,     UP of Alabama,
  8. Publication date,     2001.
  9. Location.

Example:

In-Text Citation:
(Berman 146-55)

Works Cited:
Berman, Ronald. Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the Twenties. UP of Alabama, 2001.

Essay, Story, or Poem that is Part of a Collection

Check out the "Works Cited Citations" section for more information on how to find and format individual elements of the citation. If an element is not present (e.g. other contributors), leave it out.

Citation Recipe:

  1. Author.    Bordo, Susan.
  2. Title of source.     "The Moral Content of Nabokov's Lolita."
  3. Title of container,     Aesthetic Subjects,
  4. Other contributors,     edited by Pamela R. Matthews and David McWhirter,
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publishers,    University of Minnesota Press,
  8. Publication date,    2003,
  9. Location.     pp. 125-52.

Example:

In-Text Citation:
(Bordo 127) 

Works Cited:

Bordo, Susan. "The Moral Content of Nabokov's Lolita." Aesthetic Subjects, edited by Pamela R. Matthews and David McWhirter, University of Minnesota Press, 2003, pp. 125-52.

E-Book

Check out the "Works Cited Citations" section for more information on how to find and format individual elements of the citation. If an element is not present (e.g. other contributors), leave it out.

In this case, the e-book is a title that was originally published in print and then later made available online through another service.  To reflect this in a citation, you will include information about the e-book service in a second container description (in this case, ebrary).

Citation Recipe:

  1. Author.    Kanneh, Kadiatu
  2. Title of source.      African Identities: Race, Nation and Culture in Ethnography, Pan-Africanism, and Black Literatures.
  3. Title of container,    
  4. Other contributors,    
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publishers,   Routledge,
  8. Publication date,   1998,
  9. Location.  

Container 2 (in this case the e-book platform that hosts the e-book):

  1. Title of container,     Ebrary
  2. Other contributors,    
  3. Version,
  4. Number,
  5. Publishers, 
  6. Publication date,  
  7. Location.     site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.ardc.talonline.ca/lib/rdcollege/detail.action?docID=10056097.

Example:

In-Text Citation:
(Kanneh 76)

Works Cited:

Kanneh, Kadiatu. African Identities: Race, Nation and Culture in Ethnography, Pan-Africanism, and Black Literatures. Routledge, 1998.  Ebrary, site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.ardc.talonline.ca/lib/rdcollege/detail.action?docID=10056097.

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