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MLA Citation Style 8th Edition: In-text Citation Examples for Books

Citation examples for books

Material Type In-text Citation Works Cited
a Book with one author         (Burke 3)

Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method. UC Press, 1966. 

a Book with two authors       (Bamberger and Oswald 60)                                       

Bamberger, Michelle, and Robert Oswald. The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale-Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food. Beacon Press, 2014.

a Book with three or more authors

(Wilkins et al. 95-96)

Wilkins, Robert L. et al. Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care. 6th ed., Mosby, 2010.

a Book with no author (Anthology 24-25)

An Anthology of Old English Poetry. Translated by Charles W. Kennedy, Oxford UP, 1960.

a Book with author(s) and editors - citing a portion written by the author(s)

(Fox 137)

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

a Book with author(s) and editors(s) - citing a portion written by the editor(s) (Coetzee vi-viii)

Coetzee, J. M. Introduction. The Confusions of Young Torless, by Robert Musil, translated by Shaun Whiteside, Penguin Classics, 2001, pp. xix-xxxvi.

If you are citing a portion of the book written by the editor, begin with the editor. Provide the author's name after the title preceded by [by].

an Anthology with editor(s)    (McPhee 216)

Mcphee, John. "Silk Parachute." 75 readings plus, edited by Santi V. Buscemiand Charlotte Smith, 10th ed., McGraw-Hill, pp. 215-217. 

a Book with editor(s) and no author (Engel et al. 215-217)                                       

Engel, Jeffrey A., et al., editor. America in the world : a history in documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror. Princeton UP, 2014.

a Book with organization as author  

(National Fire Protection Association 59)

National Fire Protection Association. Fundamentals of Firefighting Skills. 2nd ed., Jones and Bartlett, 2009.

a Book with organization as author and publisher    

(MLA 37)

MLA Handbook . 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

an Ebook (online book from a website)

(Rawls 117)

Rawls, James J., and Richard J. Orsi, editors. A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California. UC Press,  1999. UC Press E-books Collection,

an Ebook (from a database)

(Sandul and Galbreath 21-22)

Sandul, Paul J. P., and Kelley Galbreath. California Dreaming : Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State. West Virginia UP, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),

a Part of a book from an online database (chapter, essay, piece) (Armbruster 20)   

Armbruster, Elif S. "Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Cost of Domesticity." Domestic Biographies : Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton At Home, Peter Lang AG, 2011, pp. 15-47. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),

an Ebook (Read on an eReader device i.e. Nook, Kindle, etc.) (Rowley 50-65)

Rowley, Hazel. Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage. Kindle ed., Farrar, 2010.