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Writing and Citing: MLA 8th Edition: Print Books

MLA 8th Edition

Books with Authors

Single Author:

Author Last Name, First Name. Book Title. City of Publication, Publisher, Publication

     Date.

Example: 

Paarlberg, Robert. Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. 2nd ed., Oxford

     University Press, 2013.

*Note:  City of Publication is no longer used with the following exceptions:  Books published before 1900, outside the United States, or if the publisher has offices in more than one country.

Two Authors:

Author's Last Name, First Name, and Second Author's First Name and Last. Book Title:

         Subtitle. Edition, Publisher, ​Publication date.

Example:

Clark, Mary Higgins, and Alafair Burke. The Cinderella Murder. 1st. ed., 

           Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Three or More Authors:

Author's Last Name, First, et al. Title of Book: Subtitle. Edition,

          Publisher, Publication date.

Example:

Clare, Cassandra, et al. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

        Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2016.

 

Books without Authors

Unknown Author:

Book Title:  Subtitle.  Edition, Publisher, Publication date.

Example:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  Newly rev and updated ed., Merriam-Webster, 2016.

Organization as Author:

Organization. Title of chapter or article. Publisher, Year.

Example:

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. Library Standards for

     Adult Correctional Institutions. American Library Association, 1992.

*Note:  If the organization and is the same as the publisher, begin with the title of the entry and enter the organization name as the publisher.

Example: 

Why Document Sources?  Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

Edited Book, No Author:

*Note: When a book has a single or multiple editors but no author, the editors are listed in place of the author.

Editor's last name, First name, Initial., editor. Title of book: Subtitle. Publisher, Publication date.

Example:

Bradshaw, Michael, editor. Disabling Romanticism:  Body, Mind, and Text. Palgrave

     Macmillan, 2016.