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College-wide MLA Citation Guide: 9th edition

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Basic Book

Book titles are italicized, including subtitles, using Title case (i.e. every meaningful word capitalized).

The Great Book of Laughs: Jokes and Practical Jokes.

 

Last name, First name. Title of Work. Publisher, year.

Hesse, Hermann. Steppenwolf. H. Holt, 1990.

 

Book with two authors

 

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. Title of Work. Publisher, year.

 Sartre, Jean-Paul, and Hazel E. Barnes. Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology.

               Washington Square Press, 1992.

If the citation runs into the second line and beyond, do remember to perform the hanging indent and double line spacing.

 

Book with three or more authors

Last name, First name, et al., Title of work. Publisher, year.

Bloom, Harold. et al., Albert Camus. Chelsea House Publishers, 2003.

 

Book by corporate author (by an organization, an institution, etc.)

Organization. Title of Work. Publisher, year.

United Nations. Consequences of Personal Responsibility in Everyday Life. Taylor and Francis, 2016.

If published by the organization (not through a publisher), start with the title.

Education in America: A Report on Literacy in America. U.S. Department of Education, Aug. 2016.

 

Book by an editor

Last name, First name, editor. Title of Work. Publisher, year.

Camus, Albert, editor. Essays: Authentic and Committed Existentialism. Citadel Press, 2016.

An authored section in a book with an editor (compilation of writings)

Last name, First name. “Section Title.” Title of Work, edited by First name Last name, Publisher, year, pp. #-#.

McFly, Marty. “Time Travel Hazards.” The Past, Present, and Future of Time Travel, edited by Emmett

            Brown, Universal Press, 1992, pp. 27-36.

2 editors [edited by Emmett Brown and Marty McFly,]

3 or more editors [edited by Emmett Brown et al.,]

 

Book by two editors

Last name, First name, and First name Last name, editors. Title of Work. Publisher, year.

Camus, Albert, and Hermann Hesse, editors. Poems and Short Stories from the Magic Theater.

             Penguin Press, 2016.

 

Book by three or more editors

Last name, First name, et al., editors. Title of Work. Publisher, year.

Hesse, Hermann, et al., editors. The History of the Glass Bead Game: Essays in Art and Contemplation.

            Penguin Press, 2016.

 

Book that has been translated from another language: 1 translator

Last name, First name, translator. Title of Work. By First name Last name of author. Publisher, year.

Laredo, Joseph, translator. The Fall. Albert Camus. Vintage Books, 2016.

 

Book that has been translated from another language: 2 translators

Last name, First name, and First name Last name, translators. Title of Work. By First name Last name of author.

      Publisher, year.

Laredo, Joseph, and Guy French, translators. The Plague. Albert Camus. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

 

Basic eBook

Last name, First name. Title of Work. Publisher, year. Container, URL.

Last name, First name. Title of work. Publisher, year. Container, doi:number.

Kierkegaard, Søren. Fear and Trembling, And the Sickness Unto Death. Doubleday, 1954. eBook Collection,

        eds.b.ebscohost.com.db02.linccweb.org/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/bmxlYmtfXzM.

 

“Container” is defined at the source of the eBook, such as collection under which the eBook is accessed.

If only certain pages of an eBook are used, no page indication is required.

The URL of an eBook may be omitted at your instructor’s preference.

If a DOI is provided, a DOI is preferred over a URL. “DOI” stands for “digital object identifier,” which is a way to identify digital content.

 

eBook with two authors

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. Title of Work. Publisher, year. Container, URL.

Solomon, Robert, and Kathleen Marie Higgins. What Nietzsche Really Said. Schocken Books, 2000.

Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com.db02.linccweb.org/ps/i.do.

 

eBook with three or more authors

Last name, First name, et al. Title of Work. Publisher, year. Container, URL.

Solomon, Robert, et al. Existentialism. Modern Library, 1974. Safari Books Online,

             proquestcombo.safaribooksonline.com.db02.linccweb.org/book/hardware-and-gadgets/07897.

 

eBook by corporate author (by organization, institution, etc.)

Organization. Title of Work. Publisher, year. Container, URL.

United Nations. Consequences of Personal Responsibility in Everyday Life. Taylor and Francis, 2016. Safari Books Online,

        proquestcombo.safaribooksonline.com.db02.linccweb.org/book/hardware-and-gadgets/8459.

 

If published by the organization (not through a publisher), start with the title.

Education in America: A Report on Literacy in America. U.S. Department of Education, Aug. 2016.

             blog.ed.gov/2016/05/education-in-america/.

 

eBook by an editor

Last name, First name, editor. Title of Work. Publisher, year. Container, URL.

Camus, Albert, editor. Essays: Authentic and Committed Existentialism. Citadel Press, 2016. Gale Virtual Reference Library,

             go.galegroup.com.db02.linccweb.org/ps/i.do.

 

 

An authored section in an ebook with an editor (compilation of writings)

Last name, First name. “Section Title.” Title of Work, edited by First name Last name, Publisher, year, pp.

             #-#. Container, URL.

McFly, Marty. “Time Travel Hazards.” The Past, Present, and Future of Time Travel, edited by Emmett

           Brown, Universal Press, 1992, pp. 27-36. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com.db02.linccweb.org/ps.      

2 editors [edited by Emmett Brown and Marty McFly,]

3 or more editors [edited by Emmett Brown et al.,]