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MLA: 8th Edition Works Cited Guide

Divided into categories, this libguide offers basic templates and examples. For questions beyond the basics, please see the handbook--on reserve at the Central Service Desk. Ask for it by call number: LB2369 .G53 2016.


Author Last Name, Author First Name. Source. Publisher, Date of Publication.

Morrison, Toni. Beloved. Alfred Knopf, 1987. 

Singleton, Jermaine. Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible

Mourning, and African American Ritual. U of Illinois P, 2015. 


MLA makes a distinction between online books and ebooks. Ebooks are normally downloaded onto personal devices, such as a Kindle Reader or iPad, and lack a URL.

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., e-book, Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

If you know the e-book provider, specify it: 

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Kindle ed., Modern Language Association of America,


"Ask the MLA." MLA Style Center, Modern Language Association of America, 2016,