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Writing and Citing: MLA 8th Edition: E-Books

MLA 8th Edition

EBooks with Authors


Single Author:

Author's Last name, First name.  Title of Book:  Subtitle. Edition, Publisher, Publication

     Date. DOI or URL ( no http://)


Austen, Jane.  Pride and Prejudice. Scribner, 1918. Google Books,

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Two Authors:

Austen, Jane and Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Quirk,

     2015. Google Books,


Three or More Authors:

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

     Publication Date.  DOI or URL (no http://)


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

      McEderry Books, 2016,



EBooks without Authors

Books will usually have one or several authors. They can also be written by organization or government entity as authors, or an anthology of multiple authors, with an editor or multiple editors. Below are some examples of citing books without authors. 

Unknown Author: 

Book title: Subtitle. Edition, publisher, Publication date. DOI or URL (no http://)


Encyclopedia Britannica, 12th ed. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. 2006.

Organization as Author:

Organization's Name. Title of eBook or Source. Publisher, Publication Date. 

          DOI or URL (no http://).


Note: Organization names are considered proper nouns, make sure they are capitalized in the title.

Code Consultants Association. Fire Flow Water Consumption in Sprinklered and Unsprinklered

      Buildings:  An Assessment of Community Impacts.  Springer, 2012.


Edited eBook, No Author:

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

         Date. DOI or URL (no http://)


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

     Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.