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How to Cite a Book in MLA (Download the Printer Friendly PDF)

Book in Print

A written work or composition that has been published – typically printed on pages bound together

Structure: Last, First M. Book. City: Publisher, Year Published. Print.

Front Cover

Title page: Use the author, title, and publication information from the Title page, which comes on the subsequent pages after the cover

Citation: James, Henry. The Ambassadors. Rockville: Serenity, 2009. Print.
Book via Website

Citing a published book found on a website

Structure: Last, First M. Book. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Day Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Website

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

Note: When citing sources reproduced online from their print versions, it is not necessary to include online information such as the website publisher or the date of electronic publication.
Citation: James, Henry. The Ambassadors. Rockville: Serenity, 2009. Google Books. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.
Book via Database

Citing a published book found on a database

Structure: Last, First M. Book. City: Publisher, Year Published. Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Database

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

Note: Many eBooks are reproduced from a print version. You can normally determine this if the eBook has print publication information.

Citation: Morem, Susan. 101 Tips for Graduates. New York: Ferguson, 2005. Infobase Publishing EBooks. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.

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