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How to Cite a Compilation Book in MLA


Modern Language Association style is used in writing and research in the liberal arts and humanities fields. MLA style outlines specific guidelines for referencing materials within a paper. To cite print sources, such as compilation books, you must follow appropriate MLA guidelines.

In-Text Citation

According the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, the in-text citation appears at the end of the sentence referencing the compilation, before the final punctuation. Place in parentheses the editors' last names followed by the page number. For example: (Wiliford and Martone 203). If the editors' names are included in the referencing sentence, place only the page number in parentheses before the final punctuation. For example: (203).

Works Cited Page

MLA papers require a Works Cited page listing all sources referenced in the paper. A Works Cited citation for a compilation starts with the compilation editor's last name, a comma, and then the first name, followed by a comma and "ed." (or "eds." if there are multiple editors -- note that the second editor's name is entered with the first name followed by the last name). Place a period after this. Italicize the title of the work, capitalizing all major words, and follow it with a period. Include the city of publication, a colon, the publisher name, a comma, the year of publication and then a period. Add the publication medium -- "Print" -- followed by a period. For example:

Wiliford, Lex, and Michael Martone, eds. The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970 [in italics]. New York: Touchstone, 2007. Print.

About the Author

Heather Dennull has been active in the education field since 2003. She teaches developmental English and introductory courses in humanities and philosophy at the college level. She has a master's degree in education and is working toward a doctorate in educational leadership.

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