The Modern Language Association MLA specifies distinct ways to document all types of print sources: journals, magazines, newspapers and books, to name a few. When documenting books, there are specific formats to keep in mind for each component of the book. When you document chapters in books, for example, it is important to be familiar with the proper MLA format for doing so. Titles of book chapters are always enclosed in quotation marks. This is true for any work that is part of a larger work, and chapters are part of the larger work of a book.
Last Updated: March 31, References. This article was co-authored by Cara Barker, MA. She has over 16 years of experience working with libraries across the United States. There are 22 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
To cite a book introduction in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:. Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a book introduction in MLA style 8th edition:. Author s name. Title of the book , by Editor s or Author of the book , Publisher , Year of publication , pp. Page numbers.
In MLA Style , you should cite a specific chapter or work within a book in two situations:. If you cite multiple chapters or works from the same book, include a separate Works Cited entry for each chapter. If you cite multiple Shakespeare plays throughout your MLA paper, the in-text citation begins with an abbreviated version of the title as shown here , e. The edition s you used possibly a collection, or individual editions of different plays should be listed in your Works Cited. Shakespeare 1.