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MLA Style Guide for Books

This sheet provides examples of MLA citations styles for books




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Researched/Evaluated by:

J. Sevilla-Marzona, Librarian
Fall 2010



Most Rio Hondo College instructors prefer that you use the style recommended by the Modern Language Association (MLA) when you prepare your research papers for your English courses. 

As you write your research assignment, make sure that you are keeping track of your sources – books, articles, web sites, and other media - because you will have to acknowledge these sources in two places: 

(1)   Within the body of your paper or essay (in-text citations). Although the MLA Handbook allows for many variations of the in-text citation format (214-232), the usual formats are:

  • (Author page) where Author refers to the last name of the author and page refers to the page number where you found your information.
  • (Title page) when no author is given for the work that you’re using.
  • Examples:              (Gerson 210)
                               (Moe and Shandy 146)
                               (“Alienating Latinos” A18)

(2)   In a Works Cited page that follows the last page of your paper or essay.  This section gives enough information for the reader to locate and obtain a copy of each source you used in the body of your essay or paper.

This guide focuses on the format of citations in the Works Cited page, using examples found in the Rio Hondo College Library book stacks or online databases.  Click on one of the tabs to select the type of source you want to cite.

For personal help, consult a librarian at the reference desk, or arrange an appointment to consult with a librarian.


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