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MLA 9 Citation Style: One Author

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 9

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. #*)

* Please note, the in-text citation should be just the number itself and should not include the p., as in the example below.


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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