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MLA Style Guide

Story, Essay or Poem from an Anthology


When creating a reference for a story, essay or poem from an anthology or collection, begin with the author of the selection followed by the title of the selection in quotations. Include the date of original publication if know. Then, include reference information for the anthology or collection as a whole (container). Conclude with page numbers of the selection.

*See page 27 of the MLA Handbook, 8th edition, for referencing a selection from a collection that usually appears independently.

There are different ways to format an in-text citation depending on your writing style and sentence structure. Formatting examples are outlined below:

Reference Information

O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction, edited by Julia Gaunce et al, Broadview Press, 2012, pp. 209-23.

In-text Citation Guidelines



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


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (O'Connor 215).   


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


According to O'Connor, "consider this a direct quote" (221).

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