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MLA Style Guide 9th Edition


Authored Chapter of an Edited Book


When creating a reference for an authored chapter of an edited book, include the chapter author's name , followed by the chapter title in quotations. Next, include the the title of the book (container), followed by the editor's name. 

Authored chapter in an edited book


Last, First. "Title of Chapter in Quotations." Title of Work in Italics, edited by First Last, Publisher, year, pages.



Hesse, Carla. "Books in time." The Future of the Book, edited by Geoffrey Nunberg, U of California P, 1996, pp. 21-36.

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

Hesse, Carla. “Books in time.” The Future of the Book, edited by Geoffrey Nunberg, U of California P, 1996, pp. 21-36.

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 (Hesse 34).   


Include the author of the chapter's name as part of the sentence; include the page number in brackets. The first time the author is mentioned in text use their full name (excluding middle initials), and use their last name only after that.


According to Carla Hesse, "consider this a direct quote" (34)Hesse goes on to argue that this is a paraphrased sentence (35).

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