Citing Selections from Books in MLA Style
Remember that entries in the Works Cited list are listed alphabetically by author. This page deals with selections from books and anthologies. There are separate pages for entire books and entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.
The Words Cited list entry contains all the information about the book itself, but also information about the specific selection.
If you cite more than one selection from an anthology, cite the anthology like a normal book and cite each individual selection. See these details.
The components of a Works Cited list entry for a selection from a book, listed in the proper order:
|Author(s) of the Selection||Period (.)|
|Title of the Selection||Period (.)|
|Original Publication Information||Period (.)|
|Title of the Anthology||Period (.)|
|Editor or Author||Period (.)|
(Only one, i.e. don't write "5th ed..")
|Volume Information||Period (.)|
|Publication Place||Colon (:)|
|Publication Date||Period (.)|
|Page Numbers||Period (.)|
Read the Notes on punctuation and spacing and on italicization and underlining.
Citation Examples (from The Ready Reference Handbook)Duncan, Jeffrey L. Introduction. Thoreau: The Major Essays. By Henry David Thoreau. New York: Dutton, 1972. Schorer, Mark. "With Grace under Pressure." The New Republic 6 Oct. 1952: 19-20. Rpt. in Ernest Hemingway: Critiques of Four Major Novels. Ed. Carlos Baker. New York: Scribner's, 1962. 132-34.Tolstoy, Leo. "The Three Hermits." Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Stories. Ed. Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe. New York: Bantam, 1983. 3-10.
How to Cite a Chapter from a Book in Print
The basic information you want to include is the name of the book, the editor, compiler, and or translator of the book, and the publication information. Also, be sure to cite the name of the section you are citing, its author or contributors, and the page numbers of the section.
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.
Hemingway, Ernest. "The Killers." The Best American Short Stories of the Century. Ed. John Updike, Ed.Katrina Kenison. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 78-80. Print.
Serviss, Garrett P. "A Trip of Terror." A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Print.
How to Cite a Chapter from a Book Online in MLA
Include the same information as a regular book. Add as much as the original publication information as possible. After citing the original publication information, add the electronic publication information. This includes the title of the internet site, the editor of the site (if given), the date of electronic publication (if given), and the sponsoring institution or organization. Also, be sure to include the date accessed. MLA 7th Edition does not require a URL at the end.
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Day Month Year Accessed.
Serviss, Garrett P. "A Trip of Terror." A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Google Books Web. 16 Mar. 2010.
Evans, Dave."Chapter 4: Web 2.0, The Social Web." Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley, 2008. N. pag. Google Books. 21 Dec. 2012.
How to Cite a Chapter from an Anthology in MLA
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Sanders, Scott R. Introduction. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to Present. Ed. Lex Williford and Michael Martone. New York: Simon &Schuster, 2007. X-Xii. Print.
Bellow, Saul. "A Silver Dish." The Best American Short Stories of the Century. By John Updike. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999. 539-64. Print.
Make sure to:
- Choose if the source was published directly online or originally in print.
- Select the chapter type under Chapter/section title.
- Provide advanced information for the book if it is available.
- Only include the URL if the source cannot be found easily.
View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Chapter in MLA format.