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MLA Citation Style Guide: Works Cited Examples - Books

More than one resource by the same author

If you have more than one resource by the same author, list the author’s name for the first item only. After place three hyphens followed by a period (---.) for each subsequent item by the author. The title follows the period. If the individual performed a role other than author for a work, place a comma after the three hypens (instead of the period) and list the role (editor, translator, etc.) before moving on to the title.

Organize resources alphabetically by title (terms describing person's roles are not considered in alphabeticization).

Sedaris, David. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk : A Modest Bestiary. New York: Little, Brown, and Co., 2010. Print.

---. When You are Engulfed in Flames. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2008. Print.



Book with One Author

Hardman, John. The Life of Louis XVI. Yale UP, 2016.

Book with Two Authors

King, Stephen and Peter Straub. The Talisman. Putnam, 1984.

Book with 3 or more authors

Nagasaki, Masao, et al. Foundations of Systems Biology : Using Cell Illustrator and Pathway Databases. Springer, 2009.

Book with a Corporate or Organizational author

International Association of Fire Chiefs. Live Fire Training : Principles and Practice. Jones & Bartlett, 2012.

Book with no author

Dosage Calculations : An Incredibly Easy! Workout. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.


Felber, Christian. Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good. Translated by Susan Nurmi, Zed Books Ltc., 2015.

Edition of a Book

Patten, Mildred :. Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials. 7th ed., Pryczak Publishing, 2009.

Anthology or Collection of Essays

Leroux, Louis Patrick and Charles R. Batson, editors. Cirque Global: Quebec's Expanding Circus Boundaries. McGill-Queen's UP, 2016.

Work in an anthology

Ashe, Fred. "The really Big Sleep: Jeffrey Lebowski as the Second Coming of Rip Van Winkle." The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies. Edited by Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe, Indiana UP, 2009, 41-57.

Article in Reference Book

"Zambia." Geography of the World. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 2009.

Multivolume Work

Pont, Beatriz, et al. Improving School Leadership.  OECD, 2008. 2 Vols.

Electronic book from a Database

Hall, Stephen. Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers. 5th ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012. Knovel, 

Dissertations and Master’s Thesis

Alrayes, Tareq. Attitudes of Lamar University Faculty Toward Deaf Adults. MA Thesis, Lamar University, 2004.

Dissertations and Master’s Thesis from a Database

Carello, Anna. The Impact of School Library Design on the Development of Multiple Literacy Skills in Early Childhood Students. Dissertation Columbia University, 2000. ProQuest, search-[