Bibliography For A Book Chapters

MLA: Chapter

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.

Format:

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

Format:

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.

View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Chapter in MLA format.

 by Chelsea Lee

After slogging through a 500-page tome, you may find but one or two shiny little facts relevant to your research. It might seem like going overboard to cite the entire book when you used just a paragraph or a chapter . . . so what to cite, then, the chapter or the book? 

The type of reference needed depends on who wrote what. Essentially, you should cite the largest entity that the author in question is responsible for.

Book References

If the author wrote the entire book, then provide a reference for the whole book. Here are templates for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (print or electronic), respectively:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work [E-reader version, if applicable]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work [E-reader version, if applicable]. doi:xxxxx

Book Chapter References

On the other hand, if the chapter comes from a book where each chapter is written by different authors (and the whole thing is put together by an editor), then provide a separate reference for each chapter that you used. The templates for chapters in edited books are shown below, for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (either print or electronic), respectively:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). doi:xxxxx

Here information on both the whole book and the chapter is provided. This allows the reader to retrieve the book and to know who is responsible for both the whole book and the chapter in question. If there are no page numbers in the electronic book, omit that portion of the reference. 

Other Notes

If you read an e-book on an e-reader, such as a Kindle, Sony Reader, or Nook, provide the version that you read (e.g., Kindle DX version) in square brackets following the title, not italicized, as shown in the examples above. 

To help your reader find the cited material, you can provide additional detail (page numbers, chapter numbers, etc.) in the text reference. Always give specific location information (generally, page numbers; here's what to do when there are no page numbers) for direct quotations; it is optional for paraphrasing and other mentions. 

More information and real-life examples are provided in the sixth edition APA Publication Manual, section 7.02 (pp. 202–205).

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