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Music Citation Guide: Books

In-text citations

The MLA citation style uses short in-text citations instead of footnotes that indicate the source of a quotation or other information that requires citation.

Example #1 - author reference in the sentence

Wilson Kimber notes that "Only a small portion of Delsarte posing in Iowa was dedicated to the representation of Greek statues," which is the only subject depicted in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (92).

Example #2 - author not referenced in the sentence

Many fans of Meredith Willson's The Music Man may be surprised to learn that "only a small portion of Delsarte posing in Iowa was dedicated to the representation of Greek statues" (Wilson Kimber, 92).

Citation Templates and Examples

Book with single author (MLA 5.5.2)

  Works Cited List

Author Last Name, Author First Name. Title of book. Publication location:
     Publisher, Date of Publication. Print.


Getz, Christine Suzanne. Music in the Collective Experience in Sixteenth-Century Milan.
     Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005. Print.

Book with multiple authors (MLA 5.5.4)

  Works Cited List

Author Last Name, Author First Name and Author First Name Author Last Name. Title of book.
     Publication location: Publisher, Date of Publication. Print.
 

Hepokoski, James and Warren Darcy. Elements of Sonata Theory: norms, types, and deformations
     in the late eighteenth-century sonata
. New York:Oxford University Press, 2006. Print.

Book with editor or translator as author (MLA 5.5.3)

  Works Cited List

Author Last Name, Author First Name, eds. OR trans. Title of book. Publication location:
     Publisher, Date of Publication. Print.


Wierzbicki, James, Nathan Platte and Colin Rost, eds. The Routledge Film Music
     Sourcebook.
New York: Routledge, 2012. Print.

Book with both an author AND an editor or translator (MLA 5.5.6)

  Works Cited List

Author Last Name, Author First Name. Title of book. Trans. OR Ed. by First Name Last Name. 
     Publication location: Publisher, Date of Publication. Print.


Schoenberg, Arnold. Theory of Harmony. Translated by Roy E. Carter. Berkeley:
     University of California Press, 1978. Print.

Chapter or other parts of a book  (MLA 5.5.6)

  Works Cited List

Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Book chapter." In Title of book, translated
     OR edited by First Name Last Name, page range. Publication location: Publisher,
     Date of Publication.


Weber, William. "The History of Musical Canon." In Rethinking Music, edited by
     Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist, 336-355. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.