Answered By: Rebecca Hedreen Last Updated: Apr 06, 2015 Views: 67
General Citation Format for Books
In general, this is the format for citing books and pamphlets: name of the author, editor, compiler, or translator; title of the work (italicized); edition; city of publication; name of publisher; year of publication and medium of publication.
Author lastname, Author firstname. Title. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, Year of
Publication. Medium of Publication.
Book by a Single Author
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone with the Wind. New York: Macmillan, 1961. Print.
Book by Two Authors
Jakobson, Roman, and Linda R. Waugh. The Sound Shape of Language. Bloomington:
Indiana UP, 1979. Print.
Book by Three or More Authors
Bailyn, Bernard, et al. The Great Republic. Lexington: Heath, 1977. Print.
Book by a Corporate Author
American Medical Association. The American Medical Association Encyclopedia of
Medicine. New York: Random, 1989. Print.
Book by an Editor
McRae, Murdo William, ed. The Literature of Science: Perspectives on Popular Science
Writing. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1993. Print.
Book with an Author and Editor or Translator
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. 1847. Ed. David Daiches. London: Penguin, 1985. Print.
Camus, Albert. The Rebel. Trans. Anthony Bower. London: Penguin, 1962. Print.
Book with no Author
New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. New York: Prentice. 1993. Print.
Book in a Series
Neruda, Pablo. Canto General. Trans. Jack Schmitt. Berkeley: U of California P, 1991.
Print. Latin Amer. Lit. and Culture 7. Print.
Stewart, Joan Hinde. Colette. Twayne's World Authors Series. 679. Boston: Twayne,
Shell, Marc, ed. American Babel: Literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni. Cambridge:
Harvard UP, 2002. Print.
Spafford, Peter, comp. and ed. Interference: The Story of Czechoslovakia in the Words of its Writers.
Cheltenham: New Clarion, 1992. Print.
For more about citing sources in MLA format, see the MLA Citation Guide.