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DLM 110 Women in Comedy: Books

MLA Citation Examples: Books (Print)

Book (Single author)

Beverley, John. Against Literature. U of Minnesota P, 1993.

Book (Multiple authors)

Heathcote, Simon, and Laura Moffatt. Contemporary Church
. Wiley, 2007.

NOTE: If there are three or more authors: Heathcote, Simon, et al.

Book (Edited)

Charney, Leo, and Vanessa R. Schwartz, editors. Cinema and the
     Invention of Modern Life
. U of California P, 1995.

Chapter in Book

Ahmedi, Fauzia Erfan. "Welcoming Courtyards: Hospitality, Spirituality,
     and Gender." Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest
, edited by Maurice Hamington, Lexington Books, 2010, pp. 109-24.


Citing Ancient Sources (i.e. primary literature)

Classics uses a specialized, precise method of citiation. The proper format for citing classical texts:

[Author], [Title] [Book/Section.(Poem, if applicable)].[Line #s cited]



Homer, Iliad 18.141-143.
Sophocles, Antigone 904-922.
Horace, Odes 4.1.1-4.
Vergil, Eclogues 1.1-10.


Cicero, First Catilinarian 14.2. Plato, Symposium 215a3-218b7.

Omitting Name of Work: If an author wrote only one work, you may omit the name of the work; for example: Herodotus 9.1; rather than Herodotus, Histories 9.1.

Abbreviations: Most classical authors and texts do have standard abbreviations that you may want to employ; these can be on page xxix ff. of the Oxford Classical Dictionary (DE5 .O9 2003) .

Capitalization: If you are generically citing a specific book in a work, capitalize both elements (Book Eighteen or Book 18 or Book XVIII); generic references, such as “several books in the Iliad,” should not be capitalized.

NOTE: If you are including a parenthetical citation at the end of a sentence – e.g. (Homer, Odyssey 1.1-3) – the period always follows the citation.