Chat with a Librarian
Skip to Main Content
ask a librarian email questions

MLA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

Citing a Book or Ebook

Please see below for MLA guidelines on how to cite an entire book or eBbook. To cite a chapter, essay, or other part of a book instead of citing the entire book see our Cite Part of a Book page

Format: Author(s). Title of Book in Italics. Edition, Publisher, Year. Database Name in Italics (if electronic), URL.

*Note: if using a print book, skip the database name.

Print Book:

Example: Smith, John. Social Media Basics. Revised ed., Smithfield Publisher, 2015.


Example: McEvoy, Sean. Shakespeare: The Basics. 2nd ed., Routledge, 2006. eBook Collection,

*Note: You can usually omit the http:// unless needed to hyperlink.

*Note: For URLs longer than 3 lines, you can shorten the URL. Always retain the host (main website) of the URL.


Example: Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. Narrated by Bahni Turpin, audiobook ed., Audible, 2017.

*Note: If you have multiple narrators for an audiobook, list the first narrators name, then et al. (Example: narrated by Clare Danes et al.).

*Note: For your in-text citation, instead of a page number, include a timestamp (Example: Thomas 02:14:12-02:15:12).

Translated Book:

Example: Homer. The Odyssey: Translated into English Blank Verse. Translated by William Cowper, First Avenue ed., 2014.

Illustrated Book:

Example: Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon. Illustrated by Clement Hurd, Revised Edition, Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.