×

How to Cite Shakespeare in Works Cited

Updated March 23, 2017

Citing a Play Published as a Book

Step 1

List the last name and first name of the author. For example:

Shakespeare, William.

Step 2

List the title of the play in italics, followed by a period. If the book has been edited or translated into modern English, list the name of the editor or translator after the title. For example:

King Lear. Trans. Tom Smith.

King Lear. Ed. Tom Smith.

Step 3

List the city of publication, publisher and year of publication in the following format:

Oxford: Globe Theater Press, 2005.

Step 4

List the medium of publication as follows:

Print.

The finished citation should appear as follows:

Shakespeare, William. King Lear. Ed. Tom Smith. Oxford: Globe Theater Press, 2005. Print.

Citing a Play Published in an Anthology

Step 1

List the last name and first name of the author. For example:

Shakespeare, William.

Step 2

List the title of the play in italics, followed by a period.

Step 3

List the title of the anthology in italics, followed by a period. For example:

A Collection of Great Drama.

Step 4

List the name of the editor of the anthology. For example:

Ed. Tom Smith.

Step 5

List the city of publication, publisher and year of publication for the anthology in the following format:

Oxford: Globe Theater Press, 2005.

Step 6

List the page numbers of the anthology on which the play appears, followed by a period. For example:

1235-1298.

Step 7

List the medium of publication as follows:

Print.

The finished citation should appear as follows:

Shakespeare, William. King Lear. A Collection of Great Drama. Ed. Tom Smith. Oxford: Globe Theater Press, 2005. 1235-1298. Print.

bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

This article was written by the Sciencing team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information. To submit your questions or ideas, or to simply learn more about Sciencing, contact us here.