Book Citation Examples
Here are some example citations for books, e-books (bottom of the list), and audiobooks. They are based on MLA 8 guidelines. A Works Cited page should be double spaced within and between citations. To save room, we only single spaced. When a citation has more than one line, the second line and any lines that follow should have a hanging indent. That means the first line of each citation starts at the left margin, and all other lines are indented (moved to the right) half an inch.
Print Books (Whole)
Example – book, 1 author
Simon, Seymour. Frogs. HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
Example – book, 2 authors
Rottmann, Alexander, and Nici Pederzolli. Freestyle Snowboarding: Tricks, Skills, and Techniques. Firefly Books, 2010.
Example – book, 3 authors, edition
Reilly, Mary Jo, et al. Mexico. 3rd ed., Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2012.
Example – book, 1 editor
Willis, Laurie, editor. Adoption. Greenhaven Press, 2012.
Example – book, 2 editors
Lerner, K. Lee, and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors. World of Sports Science. Gale, 2007.
Example – book, 3 editors, edition, used one volume of a multi-volume set
Lerner, K. Lee, et al., editors. Alternative Energy. 2nd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2012.
Print Books (Part)
Example – poem in a book, 1 author
Medina, Pablo. "The Secret." Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States, Holt, 1994, p. 48.
Example – short story in a book, 1 author, 1 editor
Chase, Richard. "Old Christmas Eve." Grandfather Tales, edited by H. L. Pick, Viking, 1973, pp. 58-60.
Example – encyclopedia article, author
Adams, Clark E. “Gerbils.” The World Book Encyclopedia, 2013, pp. 136-37.
Example – encyclopedia article, no author, from a multi-volume set, edition
"Rats, Mice, and Relatives II: Hamsters (Cricetinae)." Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., vol. 16, Gale, 2007, pp. 239-48.
Example – word in a dictionary
"Greenhouse Effect." Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for Children, Merriam-Webster, 2010, p. 242.
Example – map in an atlas
"Prevailing Winds and Ocean Currents." National Geographic Student World Atlas, 4th ed., National Geographic, 2014, p. 23.
Example – photograph of artwork, in a book, no author, 2 editors
“Chinese Horse.” Art That Changed the World, edited by Gadi Farour and Sam Atkinson, DK Publishing, 2013, p. 20.
Book (Whole or Part) Found in a Library Database
Example – book, in a library database, 1 author
Lundgren, Julie K. Animal Adaptations. Britannica Digital Learning, 2013. Kids InfoBits, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=ITKE&sw=w&u=port&v=2.1&id=
Example – article in a book, library database, 2 authors, edition
Garbus, Julia, and Noah Berlatsky. "Panda, Giant." UXL Endangered Species, 3rd ed., UXL, 2016, pp. 191-94. Kids InfoBits,
Example – article in a book, library database, 2 editors
Lerner, K. Lee, and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors. “Soccer.” World of Sports Science, vol. 2, Gale, 2007, pp.647-49. Gale Virtual Reference Library,
Book (Whole or Part) Found on the Internet
Example – word in a dictionary, Internet, publisher is same as Web site title (so do not list publisher)
“Greenhouse Effect.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2016, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greenhouse%20effect.
Example – encyclopedia article, Internet, publisher is same as Web site title (so do not list publisher)
Stock, Joann. "Earthquake." World Book Student, 2016, worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar171680.
Example – e-book, 1 author, downloaded to a device
Arnold, Eric. Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire. E-book, Random House, 2013.
Example – e-book, 1 author, read on a Web site
Chandler, Katherine. The Bird-Woman of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. E-book, Silver Burdett, 1905. Google Books,
Example – e-book, 1 editor, read on a Web site
Dickinson, Asa D., editor. The Children’s Book of Thanksgiving Stories. E-book, Doubleday, 1915. Project Gutenberg,