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MLA 8th - Referencing Guide

Book Chapters


•  These examples are for chapters or parts of edited works in which the chapters or parts have an individual title and author/s, but are included in collections or textbooks edited by others.

  If the editors of a work are also the authors of all of the included chapters, then it should be cited as a whole book using the examples given for Books.

The title of the chapter or part is enclosed in quotation marks and given maximal capitalisation.


Standard format for citation

Author's Surname, Given Names.  "Title of Chapter or Part." Title: Subtitle of Book. edtion (if not the first), edited by Editor Name, Publisher, Year, pp. pages.


Chapter in an edited book

Sweeney, John. "The New Internationalism." Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives in a Just World Economy, edited by Robin Broad, MacMillan Press, 2002, pp. 55-62.

Single chapter from an anthology or compilation

Calvino, Italo. "Cybernetics and Ghosts."  The Uses of Literature: Essays, translated by Patrick Creagh, Harcourt, 1982, pp. 3-27.

Article in an encyclopaedia

Fowler, Alastair. "Genre." International Encyclopedia of Communications, edited by Erik Barnouw, et al., Oxford UP, c1989. 4 vols.