MLA or Modern Language Association format is a style of formatting and source citation that is usually used when writing papers within the humanities and liberal arts disciplines, such as literature, philosophy, and the like. MLA provides guidelines that are regularly updated, on issues such as margin size, spacing, source citation, and bibliographic information. When listing the works cited or bibliographic source information for a paper that you are writing, all of those sources should be listed on a separate page under the title “Works Cited.” The title “Works Cited” should not be in quotes or italics and should be centered at the top of the page. Specific information from the particular edition of the book cited in the paper will be needed to write each works cited entry. The proper format for listing bibliographic information for a book with one author is this:
Last name, First name of author. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
When citing To Kill a Mockingbird, your bibliographic entry should look like this (depending on your edition of the book, of course):
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Harper Collins, 1960. Print.
For more information about MLA style and how to cite other types of sources, see the Purdue Owl website.