The guidelines for citing an essay in MLA format are similar to those for citing a chapter in a book. Include the author of the essay, the title of the essay, the name of the collection if the essay belongs to one, the editor of the collection or other contributors, the publication information, and the page number(s).
Last, First M. “Essay Title.” Collection Title, edited by First M. Last, Publisher, Year Published, page numbers. Website Title, URL.
Gupta, Sanjay. “Balancing and Checking.” Essays on Modern Democracy, edited by Bob Towsky, Brook Stone Publishers, 1996, pp. 36-48. Essay Database, www.databaseforessays.org/modern/modern-democracy.
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