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MLA Format Style Guide: Book Examples


1. Author

2. Title of Source

3. Title of Container

4. Other Contributors

5. Version

6. Number

7. Publisher

8. Publication Date

9. Location


Remember to indent the second and following lines of your Works Cited Entries!

Book by One or Two Authors

Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.

Dorris, Michael, and Louise Erdrich. The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.

Book by More than Two Authors

Plag, Ingo, et al. Introduction to English Linguistics. Mouton, 2007.

Book with No Author

World Almanac and Book of Facts. Funk, 2007.

Book with an Editor

Weisser, Susan Ostrov, editor. Women and Romance: A Reader. New York UP, 2001.

Essay from an Edited Book

Copeland, Edward. "Money." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Copeland and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge UP, 1997, pp. 131-48.


Clinton, Timothy, et al. The Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers. Baker Books, 2010. eBook Collection.


  • Capitalize the main words in the document title.  If there is a colon in the title (a subtitle), capitalize the main words after the colon.
  • Alphabetize your Works Cited list by the first word of the citation, usually the author's last name.  If there is no author, alphabetize by the first main word in the title (ignore a, an, and the).
  • Double space all the citations on your Works Cited page.
  • Indent the second and following lines of the citation.