Use the following template or our MLA Citation Generator to cite a chapter of an edited book. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename. "Chapter Title." Book Title, edited by Editor Forename Surname, Publisher, Year Published, Pages.


Hall, Stuart. "Old And New Identities, Old And New Ethnicities." Culture, Globalization And The World-System, edited by Anthony King, Macmillian, 1991, pp. 41-68.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname Page Number)


"The past is not waiting for us back there to recoup our identities against... we go to our own pasts through history, through memory... not as a literal fact," (Hall 52).

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How do I format an in-text citation for a chapter of an edited book in MLA style?

To cite a chapter of an edited book in MLA style, include the chapter author’s last name (if different than the book’s author) and the page number referred to. The fact that it is an edited book need NOT be mentioned within the text, though such details appear in the works cited list.

Format: Parenthetical Citation

(Author Last Name Page number)

Example: Parenthetical Citation

 (Smithy 784)

Format: Citation in Prose

 Author Last Name … (Page number).

Example: Citation in Prose

Smithy concluded that persuasion would be of no use in most labor meetings (784).

How do I format a works cited entry for a chapter of an edited book in MLA style?

To format the works-cited entry for a chapter in an edited book in MLA style, include the name of the author(s), title of the chapter, title of the book, name of the editor(s), publisher, date, and page numbers. If the chapter is from a database, include the name of the database and the DOI or URL address if no DOI.

Below is an example of a chapter in an edited book in MLA style.


Surname, First Name. “Title of the Chapter.” Title of the Book, edited by Editor Name(s), Publisher, Publication Date, page range.


Berman, Ron. “Recurrence in Hemingway and Cezanne.” Eight Decades of Hemingway Criticism, edited by Linda Wagner-Martin, Michigan State UP, 2009, pp. 265-82.


•   The chapter title is given inside quotation marks.

•   The book title is given in italics.

•   Use “pp.” before the page range.