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MLA 9th Edition Citations Guide - Maple Woods

Welcome! Nervous about MLA citations? This is the place for you! Information about in-text citations, bibliography format, and general rules of practice for citations in academia!

Books- with Editors or Translators

Editors, Translators, and Other Contributors are noted after the title of the book, separate from the author(s) when authors are present. When no main author is present, the editor is listed in the author's place with "editor" afterwards. In-text citations should always begin with the beginning piece of information on the Works Cited page.


Example, Editor (where there is a main author):

Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm. Grimm's Fairy Tales. Edited by Deanna McFadden, Sterling, 2011.

In-text citation examples:

(Grimm and Grimm 10). / Grimm and Grimm stated . . . (10).


Example, Translator:

Ovid. Metamorphoses.  Translated by Stanley Lombardo, Hackett Publishing Company, 2010.

In-text citation example:

(Ovid 42). / Ovid wrote . . . (42).


Editors in citation (when no main author is present):

Brown, Adrienne Maree, and Walidah Imarisha, editors. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. AK Press, 2015.

In-text citation example:

(Brown and Imarisha 32).


*Note: If you are focusing on a chapter or essay within a collection, you need to cite the chapter's author and chapter first. See "Book - Essay, Short Story, etc."

Other Common Descriptors

Other Common Descriptors

You may need to use other descriptors. You may do this like you would a source that has a main author, above. Here are some common examples:

  • Adapted by
  • Directed by
  • Edited by
  • Illustrated by
  • Introduction by
  • Narrated by
  • Performance by
  • Translated by