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MLA 9: Books

Basic Format: Book

Basic Format

LastName, Firstname. Book Title. Publisher, year.


Type of book In text citation example Works cited page example
Print book (Ware 11). Ware, Ruth.  The Women in Cabin 10. Scout Press, 2016.
Chapter/Essay from Book/Anthology (Atwood 257).

Atwood, Margaret. “Happy Endings.” Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, edited by X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, 5th ed., Pearson, 2016, pp. 256-59.

Dictionary (no author, online) ("Grit").

“Grit.” Merriam-Webster. 2018,

Encyclopedia (with author, print) (Holzer 311). Holzer, Harold. “Lincoln, Abraham.” The World Book Encyclopedia, 2017, pp. 310-326.
Online book (entry in book, corporate or organization as author) (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Librarians.” Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 12 Mar. 2018,                                        
Online book in a database (Wills 76) Wills, John. Disney Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2017. EBSCOhost,