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MLA Style Guide: Books

Guide for using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style manual.

Examples of Citing Books

Works Cited items are listed alphabetically at the end of the research paper and should be double-spaced and use a hanging indent.
Parenthetical references are items referred to in the body of the paper and include the last name of the author(s) and page number(s) from which the information has been taken.

Books (One Author)

Works Cited:

Johnson, Charles Richard. Middle Passage. Atheneum, 1990.

Parenthetical:

(Johnson 176)


Books (Two to Three Authors)

Works Cited:

Leakey, Mary D., and Louis S. B. Leakey. Some String Figures from North East Angola. Museu do Dundo, 1949.

Parenthetical:

(Leakey and Leakey 92)


Books (Corporate Author)

Works Cited:

Batelle Institute. Land Use: West Central Ohio, Dayton Power and Light Company. Batelle Institute, 1960.

Parenthetical:

(Batelle 78)


Books (Anthology)

Works Cited:

McNally, John, editor. Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color. U of Iowa Press, 2002.

Parenthetical:

(McNally 23)


Books (Works in an Anthology)

Works Cited:

James, Henry. "The Friends of Friends." The Norton Book of Ghost Stories, edited by Brad Leithauser, Norton, 1994, 40-60.

Parenthetical:

(James 47)



Please consult the MLA Handbook, 8th edition, for a complete guide to citing your resources and for additional commentary on particular rules, rules of thumb, and formatting.