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MLA Style Citation Guide - Langara Library

Parts of Books: Basic Format

The MLA 8th ed. does not provide rules for citing specific types of resources. They provide a universal set of guidelines for any type of material based based on the core elements. The examples provided in this libguide were created by a Langara College librarian and follow this format.

Print book chapter or essay/short story/poem in an anthology or edited volume

Works Cited

Rossi, Aparecido Donizete. "The Gothic in Kate Chopin." Kate Chopin in Context: New Approaches, edited by Heather Ostman and Kate O'Donoghue, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.65-82.

Brant, Beth. "Coyote Learns a New Trick." An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, edited by Daniel David Moses and Terry Goldie, Oxford UP, 1992, pp. 148-150.


(Rossi 71)

(Brant 149)

MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 27.

Literary criticism in a book (e.g., Short Stories for Students)

See page 53 in the MLA Handbook regarding citing a source previously published in another source

Examples of literary criticism reprinted

Works Cited

Walker, Warren S. "The Unresolved conflict in 'The Garden Party.'" Short Stories for Students, edited by Ira Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, pp.65-67. Originally published in Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 3, no. 4, 1957, pp. 354-358.

Hanson, Clare, and Andrew Gurr. "The Stories 1921-22: Sierre and Paris." Short Stories for Students, edited by Ira Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, pp. 63-65. Originally published in Katherine Mansfield, St. Martin's, 1981, pp. 95-139.


(Walker 65)

(Hanson and Gurr 64)

Example of original content

Works Cited

"The Garden Party: Historical Context." Short Stories for Students, edited by Ira Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, p. 55.


(Garden 55)

Introduction, preface, foreward, or afterward in a print book

Works Cited

Gottlieb, Susannah Young-ah. Introduction. Reflections on Literature and Culture, by Hannah Arendt, Stanford UP, 2007, pp. xi-xxxi.


(Gottlieb xxiv)


Works Cited

Haraway, Donna. "The Persistence of Vision." A Critical and Cultural Theory Coursepack, compiled by Lynn Ruscheinsky, Langara College, 2011, pp. 60-67. Originally published in The Visual Culture Reader, edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff, Routledge, 1998, pp. 191-198. Course Pack.


(Haraway 62)