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Referencing guide: Works Cited - Version & Number

Works Cited - Version & Number

Author. Title of sourceTitle of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.



If the source has been released in more than one version, you need to identify the specific version you have used. The most common example of a version in printed works is an edition of a book such as new, second, paperback, updated, unabridged, etc. 


Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. New edition, HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.

Bennett, Andrew and Nicholas Royle. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory. 4th edition, Pearson/Longman, 2009.


The source may come in a multi-volume set or it may be part of a numbered series. Specifying the number is usually crucial to being able to identify and locate the work. For example, journals usually come in multiple volumes, which may be further divided into individual issues; a television series could be divided into seasons, and episodes within each season.


Royle, Jo et al. "The Use of Branding by Trade Publishers: An Investigation into Marketing the Book as a Brand Name Product." Publishing Research Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 4, 1999, pp. 3-13, doi:10.1007/s12109-999-0031-1.


Specific page number information goes into the Location element of the citation.

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If you cannot find an example for what you are looking for here, consult the MLA website, or the MLA Handbook (below)  

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