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MLA Citation Examples

Format for ebooks


  1. Author.
  2. Title of Book.
  3. Contributor,
  4. Version,
  5. Publisher,
  6. Publication Date.
  7. Title of Database,
  8. DOI or URL.


Author. Title of Book. Contributor, Version, Publisher, date. Title of Database, DOI or URL.

Note: If the publisher's name includes "University" or "Press," abbreviate those, without periods, for example:

  • Princeton UP, 2014.
  • U of Pittsburgh P, 1994.

See specific examples below. And see here for more information on DOIs and URLs.

Library database

Barkan, Leonard. Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures. Princeton UP, 2013. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),

Free Web

Seton, Ernest Thompson. The Arctic Prairies: A Canoe-Journey of 2,000 Miles in Search of the Caribou. C. Scribner's Sons, 1911. Project Gutenberg,

Book chapter from a library database

Thompson, Kate. "Journal Writing as a Therapeutic Tool." Writing Cures: An Introductory Handbook of Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy, edited by Gillie Bolton, Routledge, 2004, pp. 72-84. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost),