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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 Two to Three Authors (154)

The general format and example below refer to a book with two authors. 
 
To cite a book by two or three authors, give their names in the same order as on the title page--not necessarily in alphabetical order. Reverse only the last name of the first author, add a comma and the other name or names in normal form.
 
If you are dealing with editors instead of authors, insert the names of the editors into the place where the authors' names are now, followed by a comma and the abbreviation "eds." without the quotation marks.  The rest of the format remains the same.
 
General Format
In-Text Citation
(Author Surname and Author Surname page number) - Always cite both names
 
Works Cited:
Author Surname, First Name, and Author First Name Surname. Book Title: Subtitle.
         
        Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium.
  
Example

In-Text Citation:
(Broer and Holland 46)
 
Works Cited:
Broer, Lawrence R., and Gloria Holland. Hemingway and Women: Female Critics
 
      and the Female Voice.Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2002. 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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