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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?
     id=GALE|4HRV&v=2.1&u=oslis&it=etoc&p=GVRL&sw=w.

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.

E-Books

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,
     www.gutenberg.org/dirs/2/9/3/7/29378/29378-h/29378-h.htm.