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How to Cite a Quote From a Book in MLA

Updated February 21, 2017

Step 1

Write your paper or essay, and when you get to the place where you want to place the quote, provide an attribution and then insert the quote. For example, you could write: According to John Doe, “The data was found to be completely accurate.”

Step 2

Place the last name of the quoted author in parenthesis following the end of the quotation if you do not provide a name in the text as a citation. For example, instead of writing John Doe's name, you might write the following: The data was found to be accurate. (Doe)

Step 3

Include the book’s page number from which you took the quote. For example, if you are using the John Doe quote with the name in the text, your entry would appear as the following: According to John Doe, "The data was found to be completely accurate.” (76) If you do not have the name in the text, your quote would look like the following: The data was found to be accurate. (Doe 76)

Step 4

Add a page to the end of your paper and add a title to the page. The title can be either Bibliography or Works Cited.

Step 5

Write your reference in MLA style for a book. The proper way to list your reference is as follows: Last name, First name. Title of book. City book was published in: Publisher name, year published. An example would be as follows: Doe, John. The Book of Data. New York: Knopf, 2010. The book title should be italicized.

Step 6

Alphabetize your entry in your bibliography by the book author’s last name.

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About the Author

Doug Hewitt has been writing for over 20 years and has a Master of Arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He authored the book "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are coauthors of the "Free College Resource Book."