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A book with the title Dracula on it.

Single Author
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Minot, Stephen. Three Genres. Pearson, 2003.

Multiple Author Books
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Two Authors

Sennett, Richard, and Jonathan Cobb. The Hidden Injuries of Class. Vintage Books, 1973.

More Than Two Authors

For more than two authors: list only the first author followed by the phrase “et al.” (Latin abbreviation for “and others”; no period after “et”) in place of the other authors’ names.

Smith, John, et al. Writing and Erasing: New Theories for Pencils. Utah State UP, 2001.
Two or More Books by the Same Author
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Young, Dean. Elegy on a Toy Piano. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005.

‐‐‐. Embryoyo: New Poems. McSweeney's, 2007.
Corporate Authored Books
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French Cheese Association. Cheese for Life. Fromage Press, 1996.
Book With No Author
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Encyclopedia of Cats. Feline Press, 1991.
A Translated Book
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Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Translated by Gregory Rabassa, Harper & Row, 1970.
Republished Book
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Thomas, Paul. Boy Trouble. 1982. State Press, 1999.
A Subsequent Edition of a Book Prepared by the Author
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Minot, Stephen. Three Genres. 8th ed., Pearson, 2007.
A Subsequent Edition of a Book Prepared by an Editor Who Is Not the Author
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Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. 7th ed., edited by J. Paul Hunter, W. W. Norton, 1995.
Anthology or Collection
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Lyons, Paul, editor. The Greatest Gambling Stories Ever Told. Lyons Press, 2002.
An Essay in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection
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Young, Willie. "Knowing the Unknowable." Poker and Philosophy, edited by Eric Bronson, Carus Publishing Company, 2006, pp. 41-57.
Poem or Short Story Examples from an Anthology or Collection
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Coleman, Wanda. "Job Hunter." For a Living: The Poetry of Work, edited by Nicholas Coles and Peter Oresick, U of Illinois Press, 1995, p. 105.
Article in a Reference Book
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"Discourse." The Dictionary of Literary Theory. 2nd ed., Penguin, 1991.
A Multivolume Work
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Citing Only One Volume

"On the Heavens." The Complete Works of Aristotle, edited by J. Barnes, vol. 1, Princeton UP, 1971.

Citing More Than One Volume of a Multivolume Work

Physics. The Complete Works of Aristotle, edited by J. Barnes, 3 vols., Princeton UP, 1971.
An Introduction, a Preface, a Forward, or an Afterword
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Carter, Billy. Introduction. Southern Beers, by Carter, Jersey City Press, 1977, pp. 2-14.

If the author of the part cited is different from the author of the book, then write the full name of the complete work’s author after the word “by.”

Carter, Billy. Introduction. Southern Beers, by Thomas Budweiser, Jersey City Press, 1977, pp. 4-18.

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