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MLA Style Guide, 7th Edition: Book with Personal Author(s)

This is a guide for MLA Style. It is based on the Modern Language Association of America's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Book with Personal Author(s)

Material Type           In-text Citation              Works Cited                                                        
Book with 1 author         (MacDonald 178)

MacDonald, Richard G. Biochemistry. New York: McGraw, 2007. Print.


Book with 2-3 authors       (T. McKee and J. McKee 178)                                        

McKee, Timothy, and James A. McKee. Business Ethics: The Political Basis of Commerce. 1st ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.


Book with 4 or more authors


According to James, Cameron, Smith, Hawthorne, and Cushing, the social customs of the southern United States . . . . (157-165). 

Consider readability when citing sources with multiple authors. Placing the names in the text is usually preferable to a cumbersome parenthetical citation.

James, Charles, Phyllis Cameron, Nathan Y. Smith, Harry Hawthorne, and Sandra M Cushing. The Sociological History of People and Places. Tuscaloosa: Magnolia P, 2005. Print.


(James et al. 157-165)

James, Charles, et al.The Sociological History of People and Places. Tuscaloosa, AL: Magnolia P, 2005. Print.

If you use "et al." in your works cited list, use "et al." in the text of your document.

Electronic book (Internet, available to everyone) 5.6.2c

(Riggs 147)

Riggs, Eleanor E. An American History. New York: MacMillan, 1916. Google Book Search. Web. 18 April 2011. 

Electronic book (Login required)

(Sanchez, Kopp, and Sanzari 58-60)


In their book Sanchez, Kopp, and Sanzari claim that the future of the American banking system lies in . . . (58-60).

Sanchez, Nicolas, Christopher Kopp, and Francis Sanzari. Destined for Failure: American Prosperity in the Age of Bailouts. Santa Barbara: Praeger-ABC-CLIO, 2010. eBook Collection. Web. 18 April 2011.


Electronic book (Read on an eReader device i.e. Nook, Kindle, etc.) (Austen 101) Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. N.p.: Superior Formatting, 2010. Digital file (Nook ebook).