How to Cite a Book in MLA Format

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.

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How to cite a book in MLA format

To cite a book in MLA format, you need to include the following pieces of information:

-The author’s name
-The book’s title
-The book’s publication date
-The name of the publisher

You will also need to format the citation differently depending on whether you’re citing a print book or an electronic book.

Here is how you would cite a print book in MLA format:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of Publication, Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

And here is how you would cite an electronic book in MLA format:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Year of Publication.Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

How to format MLA in-text citations for a book

When you’re citing a book in MLA format, there are a few different rules you need to follow. First, make sure you include the author’s last name and the page number(s) where you found the information you’re using. For example:

(Smith 123).

If you’re quoting directly from the book, you’ll also need to include quotation marks. For example:

Smith writes that “quoting directly from a source is always a good idea” (123).

How to format MLA Works Cited entries for a book

To cite a book in MLA format, you must include the author’s last name and the page number the book was found on in parenthesis after the quote. If you are quoting multiple pages, put a comma between the page numbers. The Works Cited entry should look like this:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of Publication, Publisher, Year of Publication. Print.

Here is an example of how to cite a book in MLA format:

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print

How to create MLA parenthetical citations for a book

To create a parenthetical citation for a book in MLA format, you’ll need the following pieces of information:

-The author’s last name
-The page number where you found the information you’re citing

For example, if you’re quoting from page 100 of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, your citation would look like this: (Twain 100).

How to format MLA block quotes from a book

When you’re quoting from a book in MLA format, block quotes show that you’re citing long sections of that book. They set the quoted material apart from the rest of your paper by indenting it, and they signal to readers that what follows is worth paying special attention to.

Here’s how to format block quotes from a book in MLA style:

-Start by introducing the quote with a short sentence of your own. In other words, don’t just drop the block quote into your paper without any context.
-After the introductory sentence, indent the quote 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) from the left margin. You don’t need to add quotation marks around your block quote—the indentation alone serves this purpose.
-If the quote runs onto more than one line in your paper, continue indenting each subsequent line an extra 0.5 inches (1.3 cm).

How to format MLA citations for a book with more than one author

To format a citation for a book with more than one author in MLA style, include the names of all the authors in the “Author” element of the citation. If there are three or more authors, you may choose to list only the first author followed by “et al.” or you may list all the authors. The “Title of Work” element should be followed by a period.

How to format MLA citations for a book with an editor

To cite a book in MLA format, you need to include the following information:

-The author’s name
-The title of the book
-The name of the editor (if there is one)
-The publication year
-The publisher’s name

For example, if you were citing the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, edited by Charles J. Shields, you would include the following information in your citation:

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Edited by Charles J. Shields, Plume, 2006.

How to format MLA citations for an eBook

There are two types of eBooks: purchased and borrowed. To format an MLA citation for a purchased eBook, list the author’s name, the title of the book, the name of the retailer, and the date of purchase. Include the DOI if available.

To format an MLA citation for a borrowed eBook, list the author’s name, the title of the book, the name of the lending institution, and the date of access. Include
the URL or DOI if available.

How to cite a book in MLA format from a database

To cite a book in MLA format from a database, include the following information:
-Author’s last name, first name.
-Title of the book.
-Title of the database.
-URL of the database.
-Date of publication.

How to cite an anthology or edited book in MLA format

To cite an edited book in MLA format, you need to include the editor’s name, the book’s title, the publication information, and the medium of publication.

If you are citing a specific essay or chapter from an edited book, you need to include the author’s name, the title of the essay or chapter, the editor’s name, and the page range where the essay or chapter can be found.

Here is an example of how to cite an anthology in MLA format:

Anthology or Edited Book
Last Name, First Name. Editor First Name Last Name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

Essay or Chapter in an Anthology or Edited Book
Last Name, First Name. “Title of Essay.” Title of Book. Editor First Name Last Name. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Page(s). Medium of Publication

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