Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Banner Image

MLA Citation, 8th ed.: Books

Designed to provide a basic understanding of the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and writing style. MLA is commonly used for writing in the Arts and Humanities.

Citing your sources

Use the above dropdown menu to select examples of how various resources are cited in MLA Style.

There are 10 types of resources included in this guide:

 

For additional examples of other types of resources, or for more detail, please see Part 2, Chapter 2, "Works Cited," of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th Ed.

General Books

MLA 7th Edition

Basic Format:

Author Last Name, First Name. Title of Work. Publisher Location: Publisher, Date. Format.

Examples:

One author

Smelser, Marshall. The Winning of Independence. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1972. Print.

Two authors

Dirie, Waris, and Cathleen Miller. Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad. New York: William Morrow, 1998. Print.

Three or more authors

For three authors, list their names in the same order as on the title page...reverse only the name of the first author, add a comma, and give the other name or names in normal form. If there are more than three authors, you may name only the first and add et al. ("and others"). (MLA 7th, 154-5.)

Electronic book

Fuente, Marcelo de la, Juliana Sterli, and Ignacio Maniel. Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles. n.p.: Cham : Springer, 2014., 2014. CSU-Pueblo Online Catalog. Web. 20 Oct. 2016.


MLA 8th Edition

Basic Format:

Author Last Name, First Name. Title of Work. Publisher, Date.

Examples:

One author

Smelser, Marshall. The Winning of Independence. Quadrangle Books, 1972.

Two authors

Dirie, Waris, and Cathleen Miller. Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad. William Morrow, 1998.

Three or more authors

List the author whose name appears first in the source followed by et al. (MLA 8th, A Bedford/St. Martin's Supplement, 11)

Electronic book

Fuente, Marcelo de la, et al. Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles. Springer, 2014. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-00518-8.

 

If item has a permalink or DOI, those are preferable. If not, use the url.

Research Help Desk

CSU Pueblo University Library's picture
CSU Pueblo University Library
Contact:
Research Help Desk,
University Library
Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001
719-549-2333