MLA Style Guide - Books

This guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition (Modern Language Association, 2009).  Works Cited items are listed alphabetically at the end of the research paper and should be double-spaced.  Parenthetical references are items referred to in the body of the paper.

Books (One Author)

Works Cited:

Johnson, Charles Richard. Middle Passage. New York: Atheneum, 1990. Print.

Parenthetical:

(Johnson 176)


Books (Two to Three Authors)

Works Cited:

Leakey, Mary D. and Louis S. B. Leakey. Some String Figures from North East Angola. Lisboa: Museu do Dundo, 1949. Print.

Parenthetical:

(Leakey and Leakey 92)

 

Books (Corporate Author)

Works Cited:

Batelle Institute. Land Use: West Central Ohio, Dayton Power and Light Company. Columbus: Batelle Institute, 1960. Print.

Parenthetical:

(Batelle 78)


Books (Anthology)

Works Cited:

McNally, John, ed. Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color. Iowa City: U of Iowa Press, 2002. Print.

Parenthetical:

(McNally xv)

 

Books (Works in an Anthology)

Works Cited:

James, Henry. "The Friends of Friends." The Norton Book of Ghost Stories. Ed. Brad Leithauser. New York: Norton, 1994. 40-60. Print.

Parenthetical:

(James 47)