Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2018     Views: 1123

MLA Style was updated and simplified in 2016 with the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.

A simple online Ebook * citation would consist of:  

Author (last name, first name). Title - in Italics. Publisher, Year published. Database - in italics (if applicable), Location (URL, DOI or Permalink).

Here are some examples of what citations to a whole online book should look like:

Martínez, Sara E. The Chicano Movement. ABC-CLIO, 2017. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/berkeleycollege-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4787290.

Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Penguin Books, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1147912&site=ehost-live.

Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York, Charles L. Webster, 1885. Google Books, books.google.com/books?id=zuvXAAAAMAAJ&dq=huckleberry%20finn&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q=huckleberry%20finn&f=false 

Demorest, Amy. Psychology's Grand Theorists : How Personal Experiences Shaped Professional Ideas. Psychology Press, 2005. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=119231&site=ehost-live.


Here's an example of a book with two authors (the 2nd one is written first name, last name) and an edition statement (2nd ed., right after the title but not in italics):

Peate, Ian, and Muralitharan Nair. Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology: For Nursing and Healthcare Students. 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2016. ProQuest Ebook Central, ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/berkeleycollege-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4462529.

Note: MLA suggests removing the beginning of the URL (http://) to shorten them on the Works Cited page, especially for a paper that will be printed and handed in, but your professor may want the full web address. Books no longer need a city of publication, unless they were published before 1900 (see Adventures of Huckleberry Finn example). The medium (Web) is no longer need, but the URL or DOI is.

* For information about citing physical books that you read in print, see the FAQ How do I cite a book in the MLA style format? 


For more information on citing with MLA style, please see the CAS's Berkeley College's Writing and Citing LibGuide - All about MLA page, which includes a video explaining the new MLA format, and a brochure with many examples.

There is also more detailed info on MLA citations on the Purdue OWL's MLA Formatting and Style Guide.

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