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MLA Quick Guide: 7th Edition: Article in a Book

A simple introduction to citing sources following the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.

Model Citation for an Article in a Book

Works Cited Entry, Basic Form

Author Name, Reversed. "Title of Article." Title of the Book. Editor of book. Location: Publisher, Date. Pagination. Medium of publication.

  • Use the prescribed punctuation between each element of the citation.
  • Title of the article is in double quotes.  Title of the book is in italics.
  • Include pagination of the entire article (not just the part you are citing).
  • Use hanging indent (all lines after the first indented 1/2 inch).

Article in a Book


Dewey, John. "Common Sense and Scientific Inquiry." Pragmatism Old & New: Selected Writings. Ed. Susan Haack. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2006. 443-463. Print.



Untitled Section of a Book


Scott, Anne Firor. Introduction. Exploring Women's Studies: Looking Forward, Looking Back. Ed. Carol Berkin, Judith L. Pinch, and Carole S. Appel. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006. 1-7. Print.


Unsigned Article in a Reference Book


"Mensural Notation." The Harvard Dictionary of Music. Ed. Don Michael Randel. Rev. ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2003. Print.

  • Note that pagination is omitted when the encyclopdia's articles are arranged alphabetically.

More Information

For more details on citing articles in monographic publications, see MLA Handbook, chapter 5.5.6-8, p. 157-162.

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