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How to Cite a Book in MLA

Book: A written work or composition that has been published – typically printed on pages bound together.

Citing a book in print

Structure:

Last, First M. Book Title. City of Publication: Publisher, Year Published. Print

*Note:MLA7 does not require the publisher’s state in a book citation.

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Example:

James, Henry.The Ambassadors. Rockville: Serenity, 2009. Print


Book: A written work or composition that has been published – typically printed on pages bound together.

Citing an e-book

E-book: Written work or composition that has been digitized and is readable through
computers or e-readers (Kindles, iPads, nooks etc.).
*Note: Some ebooks may be available for download through your library.
*Note: MLA7 does not require the publisher’s state in an ebook citation. If the edition, volume or series is not available, leave it out.

Structure:

Last, First M. Book Title. Edition. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Series. Medium.

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Example:

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2000. Kindle Edition.


Citing a book found in a database*

*Note: Some ebooks may be available online through your library’s databases.

Structure:

Last, First M. Book Title. City: Publisher, Year Published. Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

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Example:

Lichter, S. Robert and Stanley Rothman. Environmental Cancer-A Political Disease?. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1999. eBook Collection. Web. 1 Apr. 2013.

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