Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

MLA: Parts of a book

Basic guidelines for citations in MLA.

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for citations of parts of books, including forewords, prefaces, and entries in a reference book, are found in the MLA Handbook (2016), 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 2016 In-text Citations.

Basic Chapter or Essay in a Collection

Basic Works Cited Entry

Last, First. "Title of Chapter or Essay." Title of Book or AnthologyName of editor of book cited.

      Publisher, year. Page numbers of cited essay.

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. Blackwell, 2007. pp. 224-235.



Another part of a book


Macdonald, Nancy. Introduction. Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five

     Continents. Abrams, 2006. pp. 12-13.