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MLA Citation Style 7th Edition: Books

Books with a single author:

Citation description:
Author's last name, First name Middle initial (if any). Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Medium of Publication.

Citation example:

Gamson, Joshua. R. Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America. Berkeley: University of California Press,1994. Print.

Books with two, three or more authors:

For a book with two or three authors, 

Citation description:
For a book with two authors, 

First author's last name, First name Middle initial (if any), and Second author's First name Middle initial (if any) Last name. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Medium of Publication.

For a book with three authors, 

First author's last name, First name Middle initial (if any), Second author's First name Middle initial (if any) Last name, and Third author's First name Middle initial (if any) Last name. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Medium  of Publication.

Citation examples:

Stewart, David W., and David H. Furse. Effective Television Advertising: A Study of 1000 CommercialsLexingtonLexington Books, 1986. Print.

King, Gillian A., Elizabeth G. Brown, and Linda K. Smith. Resilience: Learning from People with Disabilities and the Turning Points in Their Lives. Westport: Praeger, 2003. Print.

Note: For a book with more than three authors, list only the first author's name followed by a comma and the words et al..

Baker, Nellie, et al. Book Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. Print.

Books with editor(s) rather than author(s):

Citation description:
Editor's last name, First name Middle initial (if any), ed. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Medium of Publication.

Citation example:

Baughman, Cynthia, ed. Women on Ice: Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle. New York: Routledge, 1995. Print.

Essay, article, story, poem or chapter in a book with an editor (if the book is an anthology of works by multiple writers):

Citation description:

Author's last name, First name Middle initial (if any). "Title of Chapter or Essay." Title of Book. Ed. Editor's first and last name. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Page numbers for the chapter. Medium of Publication.


Citation example:

Fox, Aaron A. "Split Subjectivity in Country Music and Honky-Tonk Discourse." All That Glitters: Country Music in America. Ed. George H. Lewis. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1993. 131-139. Print.

Essay, article, story, or poem in a book that is an anthology of works by a single author (If the specific literary work is part of an author's own collection, i.e. all of the works have the same author, then there will be no editor to reference):

Citation description:

Author's last name, First name Middle initial (if any). "Title of Essay, Article, Story, or Poem." Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Page numbers for the essay, article, story, or poem. Medium of Publication.

Citation examples:

Whitman, Walt. "I Sing the Body Electric." Selected Poems. New York: Dover, 1991. 12-19. Print.

Carter, Angela. "The Tiger's Bride." Burning Your Boats: The Collected Stories. New York: Penguin, 1995. 154-69. Print.