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MLA 8/9 Citation Guide: Books

Print Book

Entire book, one author

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

Entire book, two authors

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

Entire book, more than two authors

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

Single chapter or essay (with editors)

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.

Encyclopedia entry (no author)

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


From a Library database

Butler, Octavia E.. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, Abrams, 2017. ProQuest Ebook Central,
Taylor, Dorcetta. "Contemporary Housing Discrimination: Does It Still Happen?" Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, New York University Press, 2014, pp. 262-278. ProQuest Ebook Central,

From a website

Noble, Safiya Umoja. "Introduction." Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, New York University Press, 2018, pp. 1-14. Google Books,

From an e-reader

Erdrich, Louise. The Sentence. Kindle ed., Harper, 2021.