How to Cite a Chapter of a Book in MLA

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.

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How to cite a chapter of a book in MLA

To cite a chapter of a book in MLA format, you must include the following elements:
-The name of the author of the chapter
-The title of the chapter
-The name of the editor of the book
-The title of the book
-The publication information for the book
Include page numbers if you are citing a specific section of the chapter.

How to format MLA in-text citations for a chapter of a book

To cite a chapter of a book in MLA, you need to find the following pieces of information:
-The author of the chapter
-The title of the chapter
-The name of the editor
-The name of the book
-The publisher
-The publishing date
With this information, you will cite the chapter as a part of a larger work. Here is an example:

Quinn, Anne. “My Life as an Allegory.” The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, edited by Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide, Gotham, 2012, pp. 30-35.

How to create an MLA Works Cited entry for a chapter of a book

To create an MLA Works Cited entry for a chapter of a book, you’ll need the following information:

-The author of the chapter
-The title of the chapter
-The name of the editor(s) of the book
-The name of the book
-The publisher and publication date of the book
-The page range for the chapter

With this information, you can create an MLA Works Cited entry like this:

Author Last Name, First Name. “Chapter Title.” Book Title. Editor First Name Last Name. City: Publisher, Year. Page Range.

Tips for citing a chapter of a book in MLA

When citing a chapter of a book in MLA style, you’ll need to include information about the chapter, the book it’s from, and the author(s). Here are some tips on how to do that:

Chapter title: If the chapter has its own title (which is usually the case), include it after the book title. Use sentence case (capitalize only the first word and any proper nouns). If there is no chapter title, simply omit this element.

Example: Johnson, Samuel. The History of English Poetry. “The Rise of English Verse.” Ed. George Saintsbury. Vol. 1. London: Macmillan and Co., 1892. Print.

Book title: Include the full book title initalicized, followed by a period. Use sentence case (capitalize only the first word and any proper nouns).

Example: Johnson, Samuel. The History of English Poetry.. London: Macmillan and Co., 1892.. Print

How to cite a chapter of a book in APA

Refer to the basic structure of a book citation:

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

For a chapter in an edited book, include the following information:

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName. “Title of Chapter.” Title of Book, edited by EditorFirstName EditorLastName, City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication, pages. Medium of Publication.

How to cite a chapter of a book in Chicago

There are two types of chapters you might want to cite: a chapter of a book or anthology, or a chapter of an authored book. How you cite a chapter will depend on which type you are using.

Chapter of an Authored Book
If you are citing a chapter from an authored book, the format will be similar to an MLA citation for an edited book:

Author Last Name, First Name. “Chapter Title.” Title of Book. Ed. Editor’s First Name Last Name. City of Publication: Publisher Name, Year of Publication. Page Numbers. Medium of Publication.

Chapter of an Edited Book or Anthology
If you are citing a chapter from an edited book or anthology, the format will be different than an authored book:

Author Last Name, First Name. “Chapter Title.” Title of Book. Eds. Editors’ First Names Last Names. City of Publication: Publisher Name, Year of Publication. Page Numbers. Medium of Publication.

How to cite a chapter of a book in Harvard

In Harvard referencing, a chapter of a book is cited in the same way as a whole book. The only difference is that you include the chapter title and page range after the book title.

Here is an example of how to cite a chapter of a book in Harvard:

Smith, J. (2018) ‘Chapter One: Introduction’. In: A guide to writing better essays. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press, pp.1-10.

If you’re using our Harvard referencing generator, simply enter the chapter title in the ‘Chapter Title’ field and the page range in the ‘Pages’ field.

How to cite a chapter of a book in Turabian

To cite a chapter of a book in Turabian, you will need the following information:
-The author of the chapter
-The editor of the book
-The title of the chapter
-The title of the book
-The publication information for the book

For example:

Charles Dickens, “Chapter One: The Boy at Peggotty’s,” in David Copperfield, ed. Margaret Dilloway (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 3-17.

How to cite a chapter of a book in Vancouver

To cite a chapter of a book in MLA style, you need to include the following pieces of information:
-The author or editors of the book
-The title of the book
-The name of the chapter you are citing
-The name of the editor, if there is one
-The page numbers of the chapter

Here is an example of how to cite a chapter from a book in MLA style:

Thomas, M. (2005). The meaning of life. In M. Thomas (Ed.), The meaning of life (pp.123-145). New York: HarperCollins.

How to cite a chapter of a book in other styles

MLA style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. According to the MLA Handbook (8th edition), published by the Modern Language Association in 2016, chapters of edited books are not usually included in anthologies, so they should be cited as stand-alone sources.

To cite a chapter of a book in MLA style, you need to know the author’s name, the title of the chapter, the editor’s name, the title of the book, the publication date, and the page range of the chapter. You will also need to know the URL or DOI (digital object identifier) for an online chapter.

Here is an example of how to cite a chapter from an edited book in MLA style:

Smith, John. “Chapter title goes here.” In Title of Book, edited by Editor’s Name(s), page range. Publisher Name, Publication Date. DOI or URL.

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