Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 53

You do not have to list page numbers for a book written by a single author in your Works Cited page.  If the book is by a single author, you use the below format to create your reference (examples obtained from Purdue Owl's MLA libguide and in bold font to make them easier to see):

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

so, for a specific example:

Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print.

You would only use page numbers for your in-text citation (last name page number). 

Specific example: (Gleick 61).

If the book is by multiple authors, such as an anthology or collection, with each chapter being an essay, story, poem, etc. by a different author, then you do list the page range in the Works Cited page, and the specific page in your in-text citation. If this is the case, and the same author wrote the entire page range you used, pgs. 61-78, then you use the below format (The "title of essay" format would be the same for a short story, poem, etc.):

Lastname, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection. Ed. Editor's Name(s). City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page range of entry. Medium of Publication.

Specific example:

Gleick, James. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's libguide: Helping Writers One to One. Ed. Ben Rafoth. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2000. 61-78. Print.

If the pages you used are by different authors in the same book, you will have to create a different reference for each author. MLA does give you a way to cross-reference them more easily, so you don't have to write out the full publication info each time. For details and instructions on that, or on multi-volume works, follow the link to Purdue Owl's MLA libguide: Works Cited Page: Books, below. Look for the section titled, "A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection", then the paragraph for cross-referencing several items from the same anthology. 

In your second question, you asked about eBooks. You would handle this the same way, except replace Print with Web and add the date of access to the end of the citation. If you got the eBook from a database, like EBSCO eBooks, then you would need to add the database name after the publication date. The example would look like this:

Gleick, James. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's libguide: Helping Writers One to One. Ed. Ben Rafoth. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2000. eBook Academic Collection. 61-78. Web.  20 Apr. 2015.

For more details, you can visit our Cite MLA Style libguide, also linked below. Check out the Cite the Easy Way tab to see how to get references from our databases, including WorldCat for print books, and how to correct them.

See the Print tab to see different examples for print references, and the Web tab for eBook examples.

The Purdue Owl libguide gives examples and instructions for creating in-text citations and Works Cited page references for most kinds of sources. The table of contents is on the left, so you can just select the section you want. Right below the Works Cited Page: Books link is a link to Electronic sources, etc.

FYI, if you got the source from one of our databases from College of the Mainland Library, you can get the citation from the database as I mentioned when pointing out the Cite the Easy Way tab in our libguide. If you are a student from another college, this will be available to you as well, but you would have to access the databases through your own library's website.

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