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MLA 7: Citing a book

Basic Book Citation

Basic Works Cited Entry

Author's last name, Author's first name. Title of the Book. Location: Publisher,

Year. Medium of publication.

Book with one author

 

Davis, Michael. Street Gang: The Complete History of

Sesame Street. New York: Viking, 2008. Print.

Book with more than one author

  

Hoobler, Dorothy, and Thomas Hoobler. The Crimes of

Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection.

New York: Little, 2009. Print.

 

Edited book

 

Steinberg, Shirley R., and Joe L. Kincheloe, eds.

Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular

Culture. Boulder: Westview, 2009. Print.

   

Electronic Book

Haig, Matt. Brand Failures: The Truth About the 100 Biggest Branding Mistakes of All Time. London: Kogan Page, 2003. ebrary. Web. 9 June 2009.

   Two additional items are necessary for citing an electronic book: Name of the database or website (here, ebrary), and the day you used the book, in date Month year order.

 

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for book citations are found on pages 148-80 [print sources] and 181-93 [electronic sources] in the MLA Handbook (2009), or visit the websites listed on the MLA home page.

In-text citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue OWL: MLA In-text Citations.

Check cite!

Check your MLA knowledge by answering these two questions. Answers are below.

Question 1. Select the correct MLA citation for a book.

A.

Knowles, M. (2009). The wicked waltz and other scandalous dances:

         Outrage at couple dancing in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

         Jefferson, N.C. :McFarland, 2009. Print.

B.

Knowles, Mark. The Wicked Waltz and Other Scandalous Dances:

          Outrage at Couple Dancing in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.

          Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. Print.

C.

Mark Knowles. The wicked waltz and other scandalous dances:

          outrage at couple dancing in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

          McFarland: Jefferson, N.C.: 2009.

D.

Knowles, Mark. The Wicked Waltz And Other Scandalous Dances:

         Outrage At Couple Dancing In The 19th And Early 20th Centuries.

         First Edition. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2009. Paper.


Question 2. Select the correct MLA citation for a book.

A.

Buffy and Angel conquer the Internet : essays on online fandom / edited

by Mary Kirby-Diaz. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c2009.
B.

Diaz, Mary Kirby-. Editor. Buffy and Angel conquer the Internet: essays

on online fandom. McFarland: Jefferson, North Carolina. 2009.
C.

Kirby-Diaz, Mary, ed. Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on

Online Fandom. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. Print.
D.

Buffy and Angel Conquer The Internet: Essays On Online Fandom.

Jefferson, NC. : McFarland and Company. Print. 2009.

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