Guide: How to cite a E-book or PDF in MLA style

Guide: How to cite a E-book or PDF in MLA style

Cite A E-book or PDF in MLA style

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Use the following template to cite a e-book or pdf using the MLA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the MLA style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename. Title. City: Publisher, Year Published. Date Accessed <http://Website URL>.


Øvretveit, John et al. Improving quality through effective implementation of information technology in healthcare. 19th ed. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, 2007. 4 Oct. 2014 <>.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname)


“Prescription order entry is often part of an EMR system and has been found to reduce medication errors and adverse drug events. Many safety problems are the result of poor communication between shifts and across professions and departments: EMRs can improve communications.” (Øvretveit et al.)

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