Q. How do I cite a textbook using the MLA format?

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To cite a shorter work (essay, story, chapter, etc.) in an anthology or other collection that includes multiple authors, use the following format:

Last Name, First Name of Author. "Title of Shorter Work." Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry, URL or DOI if applicable.

Twain, Mark. "A Reminiscence of Artemus Ward." The Sagebrush Anthology : Literature From the Silver Age of the Old West, edited by Lawrence I. Berkove, University of Missouri Press, 2006, pp. 242-245, doi: 10.1017/S0021875807004458.

If you are citing a book where the entirety of the book is written by the same author(s), you cite the whole book using the standard book format for MLA:

Last Name, First Name of Author. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 4th ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

For the example above, if desired, you can refer to chapters in the text of your paper. For example:

This important issue is discussed in the chapter "Her Point Is" (Graff et al 35).

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  • Last Updated Aug 12, 2020
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