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MLA 8 Citation Style: One Author

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 8

MLA Citation -- Book with One Author

Works Cited Format

 

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

 

In-Text Citation Format 

 

(Author’s Last Name p. #)

 


Works Cited Example

 

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

 

 

In-Text Citation Example 

 

(Spielvogel 13)

 

 

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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