How to Cite "To Kill a Mockingbird" in an Essay

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When citing from the work of another author in your essay, it is important to acknowledge the author's contribution in your work. This is typically done in the body of your document and also in the bibliography found at the end of your document. The classic American novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird," was written by Harper Lee with the initial publication date of 1960 and a second publication date of 1988. Assume you are citing from page 93 of the book. Follow the same citation rules as you would a book.

  • Cite the novel in Modern Language Association (MLA) style using parenthetical reference as follows: (Lee, 93). Next include the novel as an entry in your works cited list as follows: Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird (italicize the title). New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1988. Print.

  • Cite the novel in American Psychological Association (APA) style using parenthetical reference as follows: (Lee, 1988). Next include the novel as an entry in your reference list as follows: Lee, Harper. (1988). To Kill A Mockingbird (italicize the title). New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing.

  • Cite the novel in Chicago style using parenthetical reference as follows: (Lee, 93). Next include the novel as an entry in your bibliography as follows: Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird (italicize the title). New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1988.

Tips & Warnings

  • When citing a book with more than one publication date, include the latest publication date in your citation.

References

  • "Concise Rules of APA Style"; American Psychological Association; 2010
  • "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers"; Modern Language Association; 2009
  • "Chicago Manual of Style"; University of Chicago Press; 2010
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