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A guide to help with formatting your citations in MLA style.
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About Citing Books

When you're finding books for your research, make note of the author name(s), book title, publication date, publisher, and place of publication.

The medium of publication for all “hard copy” books is Print.

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and a specific example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

Parenthetical Citation - entry that appears in the body of your paper.

Works Cited - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the MLA Handbook (7th ed.).

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

 

General Formatting

The following guidelines are from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.

  • Alphabetize your Works Cited list by the first word of the citation (usually the author's last name).
  • No title page; instead, include your name and course information flush with the left margin at the top of the first manuscript page, and the title below that, centered on the page.
  • Leave one-inch margins on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
  • Page numbers include your last name after the number (e.g.: Smith 2) in the upper right corner, 1/2" from the top and flush with the right margin.
  • There are no standards currently for electronic submission. If you are asked to submit your paper electronically, get guidelines from the instructor.
 

Book with One Author (148-153)

The general format below refers to a book with one author.
 
If the book you are citing has one editor instead of one author,  insert the editor's name in the place where the author's name is now, followed by a comma and the word "ed." without the quotation marks. The rest of the format remains the same.
 
General Format 

In-Text Citation:
(Author Surname page number)
 
Works Cited:
Author Surname, First Name. Book Title: Subtitle. Place of Publication: Publisher,
        
         Year. Medium.
 
Example
 
In-Text Citation:
(Mills 146-55)

Works Cited:
Mills, John. Control: A History of Behavioral Psychology. New York, NY:
         
        New York University, 1998. Print.


 

Learn More

Learn more about the Modern Language Association style from the association website.

A clearly organized and well presented document offering details on various levels of MLA citation style. 

An alternative to College of the Rockies Library MLA Citation Style Guide

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The MLA Style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.

Librarians at SFU have created what is considered the definitive resource for use when citing Canadian Government documents and online resources in MLA Style.

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