Selections from Books
Notes on Citing Multiple Selections from
Anthologies in MLA Style
See the Citing Selections from Books for
information on citing exactly one selection from an anthology.
If you cite more than one selection from an anthology, you can
cross-reference the individual selections and save some space.
To use such a cross reference, you will have at least three Works
Cited list entries: one for the anthology itself, and one for each
of the selections. Remember that the Works Cited list is ordered
in alphabetical order by author's last name; do not list all selections
from an anthology differently.
The components of a Works Cited list entry for a selection from
a book (when there are multiple selections from that book), listed
in the proper order:
of the Selection
For the first (or only) author,
first include the author's last name, followed by a comma,
followed by the author's first name.
If the author's name has already been
listed on the Works Cited page, do not list it again.
Instead, use "---" for all works other than
the first. List all the works by an author alphabetically
For two or three authors, list
the authors in the order in which they appear on the title
page. Do not reverse the names of authors other
than the first. Follow each author's name with a
comma and precede the last author with "and."
For four or more authors, either
list all the authors as with two or three authors, or
cite only the first author listed on the title page, followed
by ", et. al."
If the book is a corporate or institutional
publication, give the name of the corporation or institution
as the author.
- If there is no author, but an editor or editors instead,
list the editor(s), followed by "ed." or "eds."
- If the work is anonymous, start the citation with
the title (and alphabetize it based on the title.)
of the Selection
- If you are citing a selection from an anthology, Enclose
the title of the selection within quotation marks.
- If there is a title within the title, use single
quotation marks (like apostrophes) for the shorter title.
- The period goes inside the quotation marks.
- If you are citing an introduction, foreword, preface,
or afterword, simply list the element being cited.
You do not need any italicization, underlining, or quotation
of the Anthology
- Include the last name of the editor.
- WHAT IF THERE IS MORE THAN
ONE EDITOR???? does any of this below hold?
- If there are two editors, use "and" between
- If there are more than two editors, follow each
editor with a comma.
||None (a single space)
- Give the page numbers of the selection you are citing.
- Separate the first and last page numbers with a hyphen
(-). Do not write "pages," "pp,"
- You only need to give the last two digits, unless more
are necessary, i.e. 205-12 but 295-303.
- If there are no page numbers, write "n.pag."
Read the Notes on punctuation
and spacing and on italicization and underlining.
Citation Examples (from The Ready Reference
Bone, Robert. "Ralph Ellison and the Uses of Imagination." Cooke 45-63.
Cooke, G. C., ed. Modern Black Novelists. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall,
Tibble, Anne. "Chinua Achebe." Cooke 122-32.