MLA Format. Take One: Print Sources. Books with One Author or Editor. Last Name of Author, First Name. (follow with ‘, ed. if the person is an editor). Title . City of Publication: Publication Company, Date of Pub. Print. Examples:
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Take One: Print Sources
Last Name of Author, First Name. (follow with ‘, ed. if the person is an editor). Title. City of Publication: Publication Company, Date of Pub. Print.
Twitchell, James B. Living it Up: America’s Love Affair with Luxury. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. Print.
Crystal, David. Language Play. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1998. Print.
Always list the authors in the order they are listed on the text. If there are four or more authors, you can use the abbreviation ‘et al’ after the first author’s name.
Last Name, First Name, Full Name, and Full Name. Title. City: Pub. Company, Date. Print.
Cohn, Rachel, and David Levithan. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. New York: Random House, 2007. Print.
Lupton, Ellen, et al. A Fake Book. New York: Fake Publishing, 2007. Print.
Last Name, First Name. “Title of Story.” Name of Anthology. Ed. Full Name. City: Pub. Company, Date: page no. Print.
Cofer, Judith Ortiz. “American History.” Literature and the Language Arts: The American Tradition. Ed. Laurie Skiba. St. Paul: EMC/Paradigm, 2002: 31-38. Print.
Last Name, First Name. Name of Book. Original publication date. City: Pub. Company, Date of current publication. Print.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.
Last Name, First Name. Title. Edition Number. City: Pub. Company, Year. Print.
Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen. Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2004. Print.
Last Name, First Name. Description of contribution. Name of Book. (follow with ‘By’ or ‘Ed.’ and the name of the book’s author or title). Original publication date, if republished. City: Pub. Company, Date of current publication, if applicable. Print.
Bruccolli, Matthew J. Introduction. The Great Gatsby. By F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. New York: Random House, 2001. Print. vi-xiv.
Atwan, Robert. Foreword. The Best American Essays 2002. Ed. Stephen Jay Gould. Boston: Houghton, 2002. Print. viii-xii.
“Name of Entry.” Title of Reference Book. Edition No. Year of Publication. Print.
No Author Attached Example:
“Specificity.” The New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language. 1991 ed. 1990. Print.
Author Attached Example:
Allen, Anita L. “Privacy in Health Care.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Stephen G. Post. 3rd ed. Vol. 4. New York: Macmillan-Thomson, 2004. Print.
Unless you are citing a particular edition, sacred texts do not need to appear in the works cited list.
The New Jerusalem Bible. Henry Wansbrough, ed. New York: Doubleday, 1985. Print.
Last Name, First Name. “Article Title.” Name of Newspaper Day Month Year of Publication, edition (if applicable, as in late ed., early ed.): page. Print.
Tysiac, Ken. “Wolfpack Adds One to Roster.” News and Observer 14 August 2009, late ed.: C1+. Print.
Last Name, First Name. “Name of Article.” Magazine Title Date of Publication: Page Number(s). Print.
Zakaria, Fareed. “Victory in Iraq.” Newsweek 15 June 2009: 32-35. Print.
Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Publication Vol.Iss No (Month and Year, or just Year): Page No(s). Print.
Quinn, Anna. “Reading between the Lines: Strategies to Discover Meaning from a Text.” English Journal 95.1 (Sept. 2005): 47-51. Print.
If there is not an author, skip it and go on to the title. The rest of the entry would look the same as the regular entry for that type of source:
“Whose Bright Idea Was This?” Newsweek 15 June 2009: 68. Print.
Don’t panic! Just use some good old common sense: