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Citation Guide: How to cite BOOKS, eBOOKS, CHAPTERS

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.

How to cite BOOKS

MLA Book Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Edition, Publisher, Year of print publication.

Examples:

Sternberg, Elaine. Just Business: Business Ethics in Action. 2nd ed., Oxford UP, 2000.

Utah County Facts Book. Utah Association of Counties, 1981.

Ermann, M. David, et al., editors. Computers, Ethics, and Society. Oxford UP, 1997.

How to cite eBOOKS

MLA eBook Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced 
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial.Title of Book: Subtitle of book. Edition, Publisher, Year of online publication. Name of website or database, URL or doi number.

Note: if read on device/app and no URL is noted, state it was an e-book ed.

E-book Example:
Mead, Lawrence M., et al. Grumman Aerospace and Gulfstream American Gulfstream III Case Study in Aircraft Design.  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1980. ebrary, https://doi.org/10.2514/4.868061.

Speed, Harold. The Practice and Science of Drawing. Seeley, 1913. Project Guttenberg, www.gutenberg.org/files/14264/14264-h/14264-h.htm.

Crystal, David. Making a Point: The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation. E-book ed., St. Martin’s Press, 2015.

MLA Handbook. 9th ed., e-book ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2021.

How to cite Chapter in BOOKS

 MLA Chapter or Authored Section of an Edited Book/ebook Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. “Title of Chapter or Article.”  Title of Book: Subtitle of Book, other contributors, edition, Publisher, Date of print Publication, Pages.  

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. “Title of Chapter or Article.”  Title of Book: Subtitle of Book, other contributors, edition, Publisher, Date of online Publication, Pages.  Name of website or database, URL or doi number.

Examples:

Grealy, Lucy. “Fear Itself.” The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose, edited by Tammy Roberts, et al., Broadview, 2002, pp. 450-61.

Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death.”  Classic Short Stories, edited by Adam L. Gowans, Nova Science Publishers, 2008, pp. 53-57. ProQuest ebrary, site.ebrary.com/lib/dixie/reader.action?ppg=7&docID=10698269&tm=1462296700736.