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How Do I Cite a Book in MLA style?

The general format below refers to a book with one author. If you are dealing with one editor instead of one author, insert the editor's name in the place where the author's name is now, followed by a comma and the word "ed." without the quotation marks. The rest of the format remains the same.

General Format

Parenthetical Citation: (Author Surname page number)

Works Cited: Author Surname, First Name. Book Title: Subtitle. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium.


Parenthetical Citation: (Berman146-55)

Works Cited: Berman, Ronald. Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the Twenties. Tuscaloosa: UP of Alabama, 2001. Print.