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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th Edition): Books

Book with One Author

Format

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date. 

Example

Kirsh, Steven J. Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research. Sage, 2006.

Book with More Than One Author

When a book has two authors, order the authors in the same way they are presented in the book.

Format

Last Name, First Name of First Author, and First Name Last Name of Second Author. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date. 

Example

Wykes, Maggie, and Barrie Gunter. The Media and Body Image: If Looks Could Kill. Sage, 2005. 

If there are three or more authors, list only the first author followed by the phrase et al. (Latin for "and others") in place of the subsequent authors' names.

Format

Last Name, First Name of First Author, et al. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Example

Nickels, William, et al. Understanding Canadian Business. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2016.

Book by a Group or Corporate Author

Format

Name of Corporate Author. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Example

Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation. Employability Skills: Creating My Future, Nelson, 1996.


 Note: When a work is published by an organization that is also its author, begin the entry with the title, skipping the author element, and list the organization only as publisher.

A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection

 Format

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry. 

 Example

Ross, Colin. "The Story of Grey Owl." Fiction/Non-Fiction: A Reader and Rhetoric, edited by Garry Engkent and Lucia Engkent, Thomson Nelson, 2006, pp. 327-333. 


  Note: The first author's name listed is the author of the chapter/essay/short story.

  Note: If there is no editor given you may leave out that part of the citation

Book with Editor(s) and No Author

Format

Last Name of Editor, First Name, editor(s). Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Example

Matuz, Roger, editor. Contemporary Canadian Artists. Gale Canada, 1997.