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MLA Style Guide

Entry in a Reference Book


Referring to an entry in a reference book is similar to referring to an authored chapter in an edited book. If there is no author for the entry you are referring to, begin with the title of the entry. Include page numbers.

There are different ways to format in-text citations, as outlined below:

Reference Information

Skorupski, Tadeusz. "Tibet." Mythology : an Illustrated Encyclopedia, edited by Richard Cavendish, Little, Brown and Company, 1992, pp. 48-57.

In-text Citation Guidelines



Include the author's name and page number in brackets at the end of the sentence.


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Skorupski 55).                        


Include the author's name as part of the sentence and the page number in brackets at the end of the sentence.


According to Skorupski, "consider this a direct quote" (55).

Remember, in-text citation formatting changes depending on a number of factors.