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MLA 8th Edition: Books

Books

One author:

   Last Name, First Name Initial. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

    Example:

   Laskas, Jeanne M. Concussion. Random House, 2015.

 

Two authors:

   Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

    Example:

   Block, Jay A., and Michael Betrus. 101 Best .Com Resumes and Cover Letters. McGraw, 2001.

 

Three or more authors:

   Last Name, First Name Initial., et al. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

    Example: 

   Adler, Ronald B., et al. Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication. Oxford UP, 2012.

 

Corporate or Government author:

   Organization Name. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

    Example:

   National Research Council. Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the World's Population. National Academy Press, 2000.

One editor:

   Last Name, First Name Initial. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

Example:

   Vecchione, Patrice, editor. Revenge and Forgiveness: An Anthology of Poems​. Henry Holt, 2004.

 

Two editors:

   Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name, editors. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

  Example: 

   Rampersad, Arnold, and Hilary Herbold, editors. The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry. Oxford UP, 2006.

 

Three or more editors:

   Last Name, First Name Initial., et al., editors. Title: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

Example: 

   Chalmers, John W., et al. The Alberta Diamond Jubilee Anthology. Hurtig, 1979.

The general format for a source with one translator:

   Author Last Name, Author First Name. Title: Subtitle. Translated by Translator First and Last Name, Publisher, Year.

Example:

   Larsson, Stieg. The Girl Who Played With Fire. Translated by Reg Keeland. Penguin Canada, 2009.

 

The general format for a work from a collection:

   Author Last Name, First Name. "Title of Source." Title of Container, edited by First Name Last Name, xth ed., Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx.

Example:

   Ondaatje, Michael. "Letters and Other Worlds." The Harbrace Anthology of Poetry, edited by Jon C. Stott and Raymond E. Jones, 5th ed., Nelson, 2012, pp. 338-339.

The general format for an eBook:

   Author Last Name, First Name. Title of Source. Publisher, Year. Title of Container, Location. (URL without http://)

Example:

  Strong, Jeremy, et al. Genre Matters : Essays in Theory and Criticism. Intellect, 2006. ProQuest ebrary, site.ebrary.com/lib/norquest/detail.action?docID=10096214.

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Core Elements Template

In-text Citations

The general format of an in-text citation is the Author Name and a page number.

The general format for a work with 1 author:

(Author Last Name xx)

Example:

(Gerstel 393)

 

The general format for a work with 2 authors:

(Author Last Name and Author Last Name xx)

Example:

(Gaudet and Caron-Bourbonnais 171)

 

The general format for a work with 3 or more authors:

(Author Last Name et al. xx)

Example:

(Adler et al. 5)

 

The general format for a corporate author:

(Corporate Author, Administrative Unit xx)

Example:

(Alberta Sustainable Resource Development 22)

 

The general format for no author:

(Title of Source xx)

Example :

("Literary" 22)