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MLA Citation Guide: Citing a book

Template for citing an entire book

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Citatation example

Entire book with one author

McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. Vintage Books, 2006.


Book with two authors

Beers, Burton F., and Rose Ann Mulford. The Vietnam War. Globe Fearon, 1997.


Book with three or more authors

Venolin, Jean P., et al. What Makes a Great Writer? Hudson, 2004.


Chapter in an anthology or edited book

Wolff, Tobias. “The Liar.” Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American, edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, Penguin Books, 1999, pp. 23-39.


Reference entry in an encyclopedia (no author)

"Jack the Ripper." The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Edited by Michael Newton, 2nd ed., Checkmark Books, 2006, p. 132.