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MLA 8 Citation Style: Textbook With One Author

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 8

MLA Citation -- Cengage Textbook With One Author

Works Cited List Format

Last name of author, First name of author. Title of Book. Edition (if any), Publisher, Date. Platform, URL.

     Accessed Date.

In-Text Citation Format

(Author’s Last Name pg. #*)


*If the page number is not available, you should include either the chapter number or the section number.

Works Cited List Example

Spielvogel, Jackson J. Western Civilization. 10th ed., Cengage Learning, 2018. MindTap,


     Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.

In-Text Citation Example

(Spielvogel ch. 1)

MLA In-Text Citations

When writing an MLA paper using citations, you use two types of citations: 

  1. in-text (or parenthetical) citation
  2. Works Cited citation. 

These citations are directly linked.  Any in-text citation should reflect a citation in your Works Cited page at the end of your MLA paper.

The in-text citation is a brief reference to your source which then leads your reader to your Works Cited page for the full citation.  

A Word About Punctuation

The punctuation in your citations does matter.  Make sure you pay attention to where the periods and commas are in the examples. 

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