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MLA Citation Style Guide: E-Book

This guide contains examples of common citation formats in MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

E-Book from a Website or Database (p.187-189)

General Format 
 
     Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname page number)
 
      Works Cited:
      Author Surname, First Name or Initial. Book Title: Subtitle. Place of Publication:
            
               Publisher, Year. Title of Database or Web site. Medium. Date of Access [Day
 
               Month Year].
  
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Davidson and Goldberg 76)
   
     Works Cited:
     Davidson, Cathy N., and David Theo Goldberg. Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions
 
               in a Digital Age. MIT Press, 2010. EBSCO eBook Collection. Web. 2 Aug. 2011.

E-Book on a Digital Device (p.210)

To cite a book on a digital device such as a Kindle or Nook follow the guidelines for a book citation but replace the medium type "Print" with the digital file type followed by the word "file."  ex. Kindle file or PDF file.  Kindles and other digital readers generally do not include page numbers. They may instead refer to a location number which will not be the same for all users.  For your parenthetical citation look at the organization of the book.  Refer to chapter (ch.), section (sec.), and paragraph (par.) numbers, or a combination of these if necessary.

General Format 
  
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname ch. number)
      (Author Surname sec. number)
      (Author Surname par. number)
 
      Works Cited: 
      Author Surname, First Name or Initial. Book Title: Subtitle. Ed. Editor First Name
 
            Surname [if available]. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium.
 
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Rowley ch. 2)
 
      Works Cited:
      Rowley, Hazel. Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage. New York: Farrar,
 
             2010. Kindle file.
 
Example 2 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Rowling ch. 2, par. 2)
 
      Works Cited:
      Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Arthur A.
 
               Levine Books, 1999. Kindle file.