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How to Cite a Chapter in MLA (Download the Printer Friendly PDF)

Chapter in Print

A division of a book usually titled or numbered

Structure: Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology, Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.

Front Cover

Title page: Use the author, title, and publication information from the Title page, which comes on the subsequent pages after the cover

Citation: Serviss, Garrett P. “A Trip of Terror.” A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Print.
Chapter via Website

Citing a chapter found on a website

Structure: Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology, Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Website

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

Note: When citing sources reproduced online from their print version, it is not necessary to include online information such as the website publisher or the date of electronic publication.
Citation: Serviss, Garrett P. “A Trip of Terror.” A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Google Books. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.
Anthology

A book containing a collection of works from different authors from the same period or on the same subject

Structure: Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology, Ed. First M. Last and First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.

Front Cover

Page 2: The title page and subsequent pages after the cover will have publication information

Note: Essays, short stories, or poems that are found within the anthology or book collection are placed in quotes. Works that are published independently such as plays, autobiographies, and novels are italicized.
Citation: Dillard, Annie. “Living like Weasels.” Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to Present. Ed. Lex Williford and Michael Martone. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. 148-51. Print.
Introduction, Foreward, Preface, Afterword

Statement written before the beginning of a book – usually written by someone other than the author. An afterward is a conclusion statement written at the end of the book.

Structure: Last, First M. “Section Title.” Section Type. Book/Anthology, Ed. First M. Last and First M. Last. Edition ed. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.

Front Cover

Page 2: The title page and subsequent pages after the cover will have publication information

Citation: 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.

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