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Authors in MLA Format

Authors are formatted the same in all material formats.

  • List first author with the last name first
    • Examples: Smith, John D.
    • Smith, John David.
  • Two authors are separated by a comma after the first author and the word and
    • Example: Smith, John D., and Rosemary L. Jones.
  • Only the first author's name is inverted. Second is formatted normally
  • List up to two (2) authors; above that number, use the first and et al.
    • Example: Smith, John D., et al.

Authors that are organizations, corporations, government entities, etc.

  • Do not invert or use abbreviations.
    • Examples:
      • United States Department of Commerce.
      • General Motors Corporation.
      • American Civil Liberties Union.


1: Works on Writing and Editing

The works listed here are a starting point for writers, editors, and others involved in publishing who would like more information about topics covered in this manual. The list includes all the works cited in the text as further resources along with other useful references. Although some make recommendations that diverge from those of this manual, they reflect the specific demands of different disciplines and the evolving traditions of writing, editing, and publishing. As with all reference sources, readers should carefully evaluate their suitability for a given purpose.


1.1 Style

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. 3rd ed. Edited by Anne M. Coghill and Lorrin R. Garson. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2006.

AIP Style Manual. 4th ed. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1990. Also available at http://www.aip.org/pubservs/style/4thed/toc.html.

ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation. 3rd ed. Edited by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and Darby Dickerson. New York: Aspen, 2006.

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. Edited by Cheryl Iverson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Also available at http://www.amamanualofstyle.com/.

ASM Style Manual for Journals and Books. Washington, DC: American Society for Microbiology, 1991.

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. 44th ed. Edited by Darrell Christian, Sally Jacobsen, and David Minthorn. New York: Associated Press, 2009. Also available at http://www.apstylebook.com/.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. 18th ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law Review Association, 2005. Also available at http://www.legalbluebook.com/.

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation. 6th ed. In English and French. Toronto, ON: Carswell/McGill Law Journal, 2006.

Catholic News Service. CNS Stylebook on Religion: Reference Guide and Usage Manual. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Catholic News Service, 2006.

The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Writers and Librarians. Rev. ed. Edited by Diane L. Garner and Diane H. Smith. Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service for the Government Documents Round Table, American Library Association, 1993.

CSE Manual. See Scientific Style and Format

Editing Canadian English. 2nd ed. Prepared for the Editors’ Association of Canada / Association canadienne des réviseurs by Catherine Cragg, Barbara Czarnecki, Iris Hossé Phillips, Katharine Vanderlinden, and Sheila Protti. Toronto, ON: Macfarlane Walter and Ross, 2000.

Garner, Bryan A. The Elements of Legal Style. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Holoman, D. Kern. Writing about Music: A Style Sheet. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Information and Documentation—Bibliographic References. Part 2, Electronic Documents or Parts Thereof. ISO 690-2. New York: American National Standards Institute, 1997. Under revision.

Lipson, Charles. Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles—MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses. 2nd ed. London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2008. Also available at http://www.mhra.org.uk/.

Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications. 3rd ed. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 2004.

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008.

The New York Public Library Writer’s Guide to Style and Usage. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage. Rev. ed. Edited by Allan M. Siegal and William G. Connolly. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999.

The Oxford Style Manual. Edited by Robert Ritter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Combines The Oxford Guide to Style and The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009.

Reporting on Religion 2: A Stylebook on Religion’s Best Beat. Edited by Diane Connolly and Debra L. Mason. Westerville, OH: Religion Newswriters, 2007.

Sabin, William A. The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting. 10th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Also available online at http://www.gregg.com/.

The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies. Edited by Patrick H. Alexander. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999. Also available at http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/publishingwithsbl.aspx.

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed. Compiled by the Style Manual Committee of the Council of Science Editors. Reston, VA: Council of Science Editors in cooperation with the Rockefeller University Press, 2006.

Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

Style Manual for Political Science. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association Committee on Publications, 2006.

The Times Style and Usage Guide. Rev. ed. Compiled by Tim Austin. London: Times Books, 2003.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 7th ed. Revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and University of Chicago Press editorial staff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

———. Student's Guide to Writing College Papers. 4th ed. Revised by Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press editorial staff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

United States Government Printing Office Style Manual. 30th ed. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2008. Also available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/stylemanual/index.html.

The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation. 2nd ed. Edited by the University of Chicago Law Review. 2000. An updated version is available at http://lawreview.uchicago.edu/.

US Geological Survey. Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey. 7th ed. Revised and edited by Wallace R. Hansen. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1991. Also available at http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/lib/lib_sta.htm.

Walker, Janice R., and Todd Taylor. The Columbia Guide to Online Style. 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Business Style and Usage. Edited by Paul R. Martin. London: Free Press, 2002.

Words into Type. 3rd ed. Based on studies by Marjorie E. Skillin, Robert M. Gay, and other authorities. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1974.

1.2 Grammar and Usage

Aitchison, James. Cassell Dictionary of English Grammar. 2nd ed. London: Cassell, 2001.

Baron, Dennis. Grammar and Gender. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.

Bernstein, Theodore M. The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage. New York: Atheneum, 1965.

———. Miss Thistlebottom’s Hobgoblins: The Careful Writer’s Guide to the Taboos, Bugbears, and Outmoded Rules of English Usage. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971.

Burchfield, Robert W. Unlocking the English Language. New York: Hill and Wang, 1991.

Copperud, Roy H. American Usage and Style: The Consensus. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980.

Ebbitt, Wilma R., and David R. Ebbitt. Index to English. 8th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

The Elements of Internet Style: The New Rules of Creating Valuable Content for Today’s Readers. Rev. ed. of E-What? Alexandria, VA: EEI Press; New York: Allworth Press, 2007.

Follett, Wilson. Modern American Usage: A Guide. Revised by Erik Wensberg. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998.

Fowler, H. W. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. 2nd ed. Revised and edited by Sir Ernest Gowers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965. (See also Fowler’s Modern English Usage.)

Fowler’s Modern English Usage. 3rd ed. rev. Edited by R. W. Burchfield. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Garner, Bryan A. Garner’s Modern American Usage. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. New York: Pantheon, 1993.

———. The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1993.

Gowers, Ernest. The Complete Plain Words. Edited by Sidney Greenbaum and Janet Whitcut. Boston: David R. Godine, 1988.

Greenbaum, Sydney. Oxford English Grammar. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Hale, Constance. Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose. New York: Broadway Books, 1999.

Hale, Constance, and Jessie Scanlon, eds. Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age. Rev. ed. New York: Broadway Books, 1999.

Johnson, Edward D. The Handbook of Good English. New York: Pocket Books, 1991.

Maggio, Rosalie. Talking about People: A Guide to Fair and Accurate Language. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1997.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1994.

O’Conner, Patricia T. Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English. 3rd ed. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar. Edited by Sylvia Chalker and Edmund Weiner. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Palmer, Frank. Grammar. 2nd ed. New York: Penguin, 1984.

Schwartz, Marilyn. Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

Trask, R. L. Language: The Basics. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Trimble, John R. Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Wallraff, Barbara. Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done. New York: Harcourt, 2000.

Walsh, Bill. Lapsing into a Comma: A Curmudgeon’s Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print—and How to Avoid Them. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 2000.

Williams, Joseph M. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. With two chapters coauthored by Gregory G. Colomb. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 7th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.

1.3 Research and Writing

Barzun, Jacques, and Henry F. Graff. The Modern Researcher. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004.

Becker, Howard S. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Cook, Claire Kehrwald. Line by Line: How to Improve Your Own Writing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.

Day, Robert A., and Barbara Gastel. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 6th ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Germano, William. From Dissertation to Book. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Harman, Eleanor, Ian Montagnes, Siobhan McMenemy, and Chris Bucci, eds. The Thesis and the Book: A Guide for First-Time Academic Authors. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Lanham, Richard A. Revising Prose. 5th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007.

Lerner, Betsy. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers. New York: Riverhead Books, 2000.

Lipson, Charles. How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Luey, Beth, ed. Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors. Updated ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

McMillan, Victoria E. Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006.

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