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MLA 7: Citing parts of a book

Basic Chapter or Essay in a Collection

Basic Works Cited Entry

Author. "Title of Chapter or Essay." Title of Book or Anthology. Name of editor of book cited. Publication information.
Page numbers of cited essay.
Publication medium.

Chapter in an edited book

Dueck, Jeffrey. "Religious Pluralism and the Super Best Friends." South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today. Ed. Robert Arp. Malden: Blackwell, 2007. 224-35. Print.
   

 

Another part of a book

Macdonald, Nancy. Introduction. Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents. By Nicholas Ganz.  New York: Abrams, 2006. 12-13. Print.

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for citations of parts of books, including forewords, prefaces, and entries in a reference book, are found on pages 157-61 [print sources] and 181-93 [electronic sources] in the MLA Handbook (2009), or visit the websites listed on the MLA home page.

In-text citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue OWL: MLA In-text Citations.

Check cite!

Check your MLA knowledge by answering these two questions. Answers are below.

Question 1. Select the correct MLA citation for a part of a book (chapter or essay)
A.  

Brooker, Will. "Television Out of Time: Watching Cult Shows on

Download." Reading Lost: Perspectives on a Hit Television Show.

Ed. Roberta Pearson. London: Tauris, 2009. 51-72. Print.

B.

Brooker, W. "Television Out of Time: Watching Cult Shows on

Download." Reading lost: perspectives on a hit television show.

Edited by Roberta Pearson. London: Tauris, 2009. 51-72.
C.

Pearson, Roberta, ed. Reading Lost: Perspectives on a Hit Television

Show. Brooker, Will. "Television Out of Time: Watching Cult

Shows on Download." London: Tauris, 2009. 51-72. Print.
D.

Brooker, W. (2009). "Television out of Time: Watching cult shows

on download." Reading Lost: Perspectives on a Hit Television

Show. Ed. R. Pearson. London: Tauris. 51-72.

 Question 2. Select the correct MLA citation for a part of a book (chapter or essay)

A.  

Benshoff, H. (2008). "Blaxploitation horror films: Generic reappropriation

        or reinscription?" The cult film reader. E. Mathijs and X. Mendick,

        eds. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press. 216-25. Print.

B.

Benshoff, Harry. The Cult Film Reader. "Blaxploitation Horror Films:

        Generic Reappropriation or Reinscription?" Ed. Ernest Mathijs

        and Xavier Mendick. Maidenhead: Open UP, 2008. Print. 216-25.

C.

Benshoff, Harry. "Blaxploitation Horror Films: Generic Reappropriation

         or Reinscription?" The Cult Film Reader. Ed. Ernest Mathijs and

         Xavier Mendick. Maidenhead: Open UP, 2008. 216-25. Print.

D.

Benshoff, Harry. "Blaxploitation Horror Films: Generic Reappropriation

         or Reinscription?" In The Cult Film Reader. Ed. Ernest Mathijs

         and Xavier Mendick. Maidenhead: Open UP, 2008. 216-25.

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