How to Cite "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" is a very influential book, as it was one of the first first-person narratives written by a female slave. "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published in 1861 and was written by Harriet Jacobs. Jacobs was a slave who lived in North Carolina; the book discusses her many trials and tribulations as she tried to reunite with her family and escape her abusive life as a slave. American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) are the two most common citation formats.

APA Citation

Step 1

Type the last name of the author of the book, a comma, the first initial of the first name and a period.

Step 2

Type the year your copy of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published in parentheses followed by a period.

Step 3

Type the title of the book in italics, only capitalizing the first word, followed by a period.

Step 4

Type the city where your copy was published, a comma, the capitalized abbreviation for the state where the book was published, a colon, the name of the publishing company and a period.

Step 5

The entire citation should look like this: Jacobs, H. (2005). Incidents in the life of a slave girl. Stilwell, KS: Digireads.com.

MLA Citation

Step 1

Type the last name of the author of the book, a comma, the first name of the author and a period.

Step 2

Type the title of the book in italics, only capitalizing the most important words, followed by a period.

Step 3

Type the edition number (for example, 3rd ed.), a period, the city where your copy was published, a comma, the capitalized abbreviation for the state where the book was published and a colon.

Step 4

Type the name of the publishing company, a comma, the year your copy of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published, a period, the number of pages in the book, a period, the word "Print" for a hard-copy of the book and a period.

Step 5

The entire citation should look like this: Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. 3rd ed. Stilwell, KS: Digiread.com, 2005. 121. Print.