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.


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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