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Citing Sources: MLA

Book with one Author

One Author

Basic Format:
(Remember to italicize the book title.)

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.


Cunningham, Bill. Fashion Climbing. Penguin Press, 2018.

Book with Multiple Authors

Multiple Authors

Two authors:
(List the authors in the order they are listed in the book. Notice that the order of the second author's name is different from the first author.)

Koda, Harold, and Kohle Yohannan. The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.  Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press, 2009.

Three or more authors:
(list only the first author then use the phrase "et al." (Latin for "and others") instead of listing all the remaining authors.)

Still, Richard R., et al. Sales Management: Decisions, Strategies, and Cases. 5th ed., Prentice-Hall, 1988.

Book by a Group/Organization (Corporate Author)


A corporate author can mean any group that does not identify an individual person as the author. This can include a commission, a committee, an organization or a government agency.  The corporate author's name goes where the author's name goes.

American Viscose Corporation. Rayon Technology: Handbook for Textile Mills. McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1948.

If the corporate author and the publisher are the same, leave out author information. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.

Book With No Author

No Author

If there is no author just begin with the title.  When you are alphabetizing your works cited page, treat the first word of the title as if it were an author's last name.  For example, the book below would appear between D and F.

Statistical Fact Book: The Definitive Source for Direct Marketing Benchmarks. Direct Marketing Association, 2009.



eBooks are cited similarly to print books but should mention the platform or file type (e.g. Kindle, Bloomsbury Fashion Central).


Sandhu, Arti. Indian Fashion: Tradition, Innovation, Style. Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.




If you are citing one essay/chapter of the anthology use the following form:

Last name, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection, Edition Number, edited by Editor's Name(s), Volume, Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.


Wheatley, Phillis. "To His Excellency George Washington." The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter 7th ed., edited by Nina Baym, et al., vol. 1, W.W. Norton, 2007, 427.

If you are citing the entire anthology, the editor is listed before the title. Here is an example:

Baym, Nina, et al., editors. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter 7th ed., vol. 1, W.W. Norton, 2007.

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