Book Citation Examples
Here are some example citations for books, e-books, and audiobooks. They are based on MLA 8 guidelines. A Works Cited page should be double spaced within and between citations. To save room, we only single spaced. When a citation requires more than one line, the second line and any lines that follow should have a hanging indent. That means the first line of each citation aligns with the left margin, and all additional lines are indented half an inch.
Print Books (Whole)
Example – book, 1 author
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Warner Books, 1982.
Example – book, 2 authors
Rottmann, Alexander, and Nici Pederzolli. Freestyle Snowboarding: Tricks, Skills, and Techniques. Firefly Books, 2010.
Example – book, 3 authors, edition
Reilly, Mary Jo, et al. Mexico. 3rd ed., Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2012.
Example – book, 1 editor
Willis, Laurie, editor. Adoption. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Example – book, 2 editors, used all volumes of a multi-volume set
Lerner, K. Lee, and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors. World of Sports Science. Gale, 2007. 2 vols.
Example – book, 3 editors, edition, used one volume of a multi-volume set
Lerner, K. Lee, et al., editors. Alternative Energy. 2nd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2012.
Print Books (Part)
Example – poem in a book, 1 author
Medina, Pablo. "The Secret." Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States, Holt, 1994, p. 48.
Example – short story in a book, 1 author, 1 editor
Chase, Richard. "Old Christmas Eve." Grandfather Tales, edited by H. L. Pick, Viking, 1973, pp. 58-60.
Example – essay in a book, 1 author, 1 editor, edition (because 1984 is a title within a title, it is not italicized)
Fowler, Robert. "Newspeak and the Language of the Party." George Orwell's 1984, edited by Harold Bloom, updated ed., Chelsea House,
2007, pp. 93-108.
Example – encyclopedia article, author
Cloos, Mark. “Plate Tectonics.” The World Book Encyclopedia, 2013, pp. 561-65.
Example – encyclopedia article, no author, from a multi-volume set, edition
"Nike." Encyclopedia of Global Brands, 2nd ed., vol. 2, St. James Press, 2013, pp. 750-54.
Example – word in a dictionary
"Chlorophyll." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., Merriam-Webster, 2003, p. 252.
Example – map in an atlas
"Prevailing Winds and Ocean Currents." National Geographic Student World Atlas, 4th ed., National Geographic, 2014, p. 23.
Example – photograph of artwork, in a book, no author, 2 editors
“Chinese Horse.” Art That Changed the World, edited by Gadi Farour and Sam Atkinson, DK Publishing, 2013, p. 20.
Example – chapter/essay (“Wrestling…”) from a book (Private Voices, Public Lives by Flowers), republished in a different book (Contemporary Literary Criticism edited by Hunter)
Flowers, Betty S. "Wrestling with the Mother and Father: 'His' and 'Her' in Adrienne Rich." Contemporary Literary Criticism,
edited by Jeffrey W. Hunter, vol. 125, Gale, 2000, pp. 330-34.
Example – article (“Of George…” by Spilka) from a journal (Modern Fiction Studies), republished in a book (Contemporary Literary Criticism edited by Gunton)
Spilka, Mark. "Of George and Lennie and Curley's Wife: Sweet Violence in Steinbeck's Eden." Contemporary Literary Criticism,
edited by Sharon R. Gunton, vol. 21, Gale, 1982, pp. 385-87.
Book (Whole or Part) Found in a Library Database
Example – book, in a library database, no author, 1 editor
Friedman, Lauri S., editor. Cyberbullying. Greenhaven Press, 2011. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?
Example – article in a book, library database, no author, 2 editors, no pages listed
“Eating Disorders.” UXL Encyclopedia of Science, edited by Amy Hackney Blackwell and Elizabeth Manar, 3rd ed., UXL, 2015.
Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CV2644300374/SUIC?u=port&xid=6c46c891.
Book (Whole or Part) Found on the Internet
Example – word in a dictionary, Internet, publisher is same as Web site title (so do not list the publisher)
“Chlorophyll.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2016, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chlorophyll.
Example – encyclopedia article, Internet, publisher is same as Web site title (so do not list the publisher)
Stock, Joann. "Earthquake." World Book Student, 2016, worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar171680.
Example – e-book, 1 author, downloaded to a device
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. E-book, HarperCollins, 2014.
Example – e-book, 1 author, read on a Web site
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Twice-Told Tales. E-book, Houghton, 1883. Project Gutenberg, www.gutenberg.org/etext/13707.
Example – e-book, 2 editors, read on a Web site
Wiggin, Kate D., and Nora A. Smith, editors. Pinafore Palace. E-book, Grosset, 1907. Project Gutenberg,