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MLA Citation Style

Book/Ebook Citation Table

Print book

Kirby, David. What Is a Book? Athens: U of Georgia P, 2002. Print.

Electronic book

For ebooks read online, include:

  • the name of the electronic publisher or vendor;
  • where you read it ("Web."); and,
  • the date you accessed it.

EBL (Ebook Library) collection:

Martin, Guy. African Political Thought. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. EBL. Web. 11 Feb., 2013.

For downloaded ebooks, cite as you would a print book. Include the digital file format (EPUB, PDF, etc.), followed by the word "file."

Kirby, David. What Is a Book? Athens: U of Georgia P, 2002. EPUB file.

Two or three authors

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 2nd ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. Print.

More than three authors

Quirk, Randolph, et al. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman, 1985. Print.

No author

New York Public Library American History Desk Reference. New York: Macmillan, 1997. Print.

A particular edition

Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. Ed. Claudia Johnson. New York: Norton, 2001. Print.

Note: Ed. refers to “Edited by.”

Chapter in a book

Calvino, Italo. “Cybernetics and Ghosts.” The Uses of Literature: Essays. Trans. Patrick Creagh. San Diego: Harcourt, 1982. 3-27. Print.

Book review

Updike, John. “No Breaks.” Rev. of Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main Street, by Richard Lingeman. New Yorker 4 Feb. 2002: 77-80. Print.


For additional examples, see pages 148-181 of the MLA Handbook (2009).

Works Cited List Tips

The list of works cited is the final section of an MLA-style paper, but should be drafted as you research and write.

Begin the Works Cited list on a new page, but continue with the page numbering used in the body of your paper.

References in this guide are single-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced.

Each reference should include a hanging indent (used throughout this guide).

Arrange your references alphabetically by author (or title, when an author is not listed.)

Other names for the Works Cited page include Bibliography and Literature Cited. Works Cited is usually most appropriate, as it accomodates film, recordings, electronic publications, etc.

To cite two or more works by the same author, give the name in the first entry only. In the next entry, type three hyphens ("- - -") in place of the name.

Need More Help?

For additional assistance with citation styles, consult your professor or reference staff at the Mount Library. 

You can reach the Library by email: or by phoning 457-6250.  Please note: library staff will help you as much as possible but they may also refer you back to your professor.

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