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Citing Bibliographic Sources: MLA: Books

The Recommended Style Manual for English Majors

Online Style Manuals

For more information on how to cite sources using MLA, visit the following resources:


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research       Papers, 6th ed.

Form and Style : Research Papers, Reports, Theses, 12th ed.

Principles of Writing Research Papers, 2nd ed.


One Author
Ira, Siegfried. Aging Myths: Reversible Causes of Mind and Memory Loss. New York:         McGraw-Hill, 1986. Print.

Three Authors
Lenski, Gerhard, Patrick Nolan, and Jean Lenski.  Human Societies: An Introduction to         Macro-Sociology. New York: McGraw Hill, 1995. Print.

No Author
Thai Textiles: Threads of a Cultural Heritage. Bangkok: National Identity Board, 1994. Print.

Editor or Compiler
Nigg, Benno M., and Walter Herzog, eds. Biomechanics of the Musculo-skeletal System.         West Sussex, Eng.: John Wiley & Sons, 1995. Print.

Edition Other Than First
Katona, Steven, Valerie Rough, and David T. Richardson. A Field Guide to Whales,         Porpoises and Seals from Cape Cod to Newfoundland. 4th ed. Washington:         Smithsonian Institution P, 1993. Print.

Chapter from Books of Readings
Brookeman, Christopher. "Pencey Preppy: Cultural Codes in Catcher in the Rye." New         Essays on the Catcher in the Rye.  Ed. Jack Sulzman. New York: Cambridge UP,         1991.  62-66. Print.

Signed Article in an Encyclopedia
Potter, Karl H. "Hinduism." Academic American Encyclopedia. 1994 ed. Print.

Unsigned Article in an Encyclopedia
"Mauritius." Encyclopedia Americana. 1993 ed. Print.

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