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MLA Style Guide, 7th Edition: Parts of Books or Anthologies

This is a guide for MLA Style. It is based on the Modern Language Association of America's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Parts of Books or Anthologies

Material Type           In-text Citation             

Works Cited          

Chapter from a book          (Kramp 80-1)

Kramp, Michael. "Austen's Tradesmen: Improving Masculinity in Pride and Prejudice." Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2007. 73-88. Print.

Give the inclusive page numbers of the essay, chapter, or part that you are citing.

Chapter/essay from an anthology (Black 107-10)

Black, Martha Fodaski. "The Quintessence of Chopinism." Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Kate Chopin. Ed. Harold Bloom, updated ed. New York: Infobase, 2007. 103-18. Print.

Give the inclusive page numbers of the essay, chapter, or part that you are citing.                                              

Part of book from an online database

(Rosenfelt 425)

Rosenfelt, Deborah S. "Tillie Olsen." The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story. Ed. Blanche H. Gelfant. New York: Columbia UP, 2000. 423-30. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 17 May 2012.

Introduction from a book or anthology (Bloom 107-8)

Bloom, Harold. Introduction. Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Kate Chopin. Ed. Bloom. New York: Infobase, 2007. 103-18. Print.

Start the citation with author of the introduction or piece.

Reference work (widely used 5.5.7) ("Descendant" 490)

"Descendant." Entry 2. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 4th ed. 2006. Print.

For reference works frequently published in new editions, do not give the full publication information. List only the edition, the publication year, and the medium of the work.

  ("Japan" 496-99)      

 "Japan." The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th ed. 2010. Print.

For reference works frequently published in new editions, do not give the full publication information. List only the edition, the publication year, and the medium of the work.

Reference work (specialized 5.5.7) (Allen 178)

Allen, Anita L. "Privacy in Health Care." Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Stephen G. Post. 3rd ed. Vol. 4. New York: Macmillan-Thomson, 2004. Print.

Give the full publication information.