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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



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.


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.


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.


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

Organization as Author:

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


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.


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.


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

     Macmillan, 2016.