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MLA Style Writing Guide: Book/eBook Examples

Print book:

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Scribner, 2004. 


E-book that you accessed online through a website or database:

Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights. Edited by Ian Jack, Oxford UP, 1998. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),


E-book that you downloaded to your computer: 

McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses. Kindle ed., Vintage International, 2010. 

Book with more than one author:

Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic. 2nd ed., Yale UP, 2000.

Book with specific edition number:

Ferguson, Margaret, et al., editors. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. 5th ed., Norton, 2004.

Multiple books by the same author:

Use normal citation style, but only list the author's name in the first citation. For subsequent citations from the same author list three dashes followed by a period (---.) in place of the author's name. Alphabetize these entries by the author's name then by the title of the work. 

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Scribner, 2004.

---. Tender is the Night. Scribner, 2003.

Ignore “The”, “A”, or “An” at the start of any titles when alphabetizing. In this example the first title is alphabetized according to “Great” not “The.”

Work from a book (e.g., an essay, short story, poem, etc. that is published within a larger collection):

Carver, Raymond. "Why Don't You Dance." Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the

Short Story, Edited by Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein, Picador, 2012, pp. 198-204. 

An entire anthology/collection of essays:

Stein, Lorin and Sadie Stein, editors. Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story.

Picador, 2012.