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How Do I Cite a Book Using MLA 7th Edition?

The 7th edition now requires that titles of books are italicized, not underlined. In addition, the medium of publication (print) should be listed after the date of publication.

Basic Format

  • Author's name. Title of the book. Place of publication: Name of publisher, Year of publication. Medium of publication (Print).

A Book with One Author/Editor

  • Showalter, Elaine. Sister's Choice. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. Print.

Two or More Books by the Same Author/Editor
(NOTE: Works listed under the same name are alphabetized by title.)

  • Showalter, Elaine, ed. The New feminist criticism. New York: Pantheon, 1985. Print.

  • ---. Sister's choice. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. Print.

A Book with Two or More Authors/Editors
(NOTE: Only the first author/editor's name should be listed with the last name appearing first for the purpose of alphabetizing on the Works Cited; the other authors will be listed as "first name last name.")

  • Bilken, Sari and Diane Pollard, eds. Gender and Education. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1993. Print.
  • Nelson, Candice, David Dulio, and Stephen Medvic, eds. Shades of Gray. Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 2002. Print.

A Book with Four or More Authors/Editors
(NOTE: Only the first author/editor's name should be listed with "et al" submitted in place of the other names.)

  • Kolodny, Robert, et al. Textbook of Human Sexuality for Nurses. Boston: Little, Brown, 1979. Print.

A Book by a Corporate Author

  • American Psychological Association. Casebook on Ethical Standards of Psychologists. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1974. Print.

A Multivolume Work

  • Cayton, Mary, and Peter W. Williams, eds. Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History. 3 vols. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001. Print.

A Second or Later Edition

  • Altick, Richard, and John J. Fenstermaker. The Art of Literary Research. 4th ed. New York: Norton, 1993. Print.

An Article or Chapter in an Anthology

  • Magny, Claude-Edmonde. "Faulkner or Theological Inversion." Faulkner: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Robert Penn Warren. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1966. 66-78. Print.

If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Call Number: Ref LB2369 .G53 2003 ) available in the Ready Reference Collection at the Information Desk or in the Reference Collection. You can also refer to the Instruction Office's list of resources; we specifically recommend Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also contact the SIUE Writing Center or visit MLA's site.

Updated April 10, 2009

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