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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.

Structure:

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

Examples:

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.

Structure:

Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Day Month Year Accessed.

Examples:

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

Structure:

Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Examples:

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.

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