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MLA 9 Citation Style: Textbook Work Within an Anthology or Edited Book

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 9

MLA Citation -- Cengage Textbook Work Within an Anthology or Edited Book

Works Cited List Format

Last name, First name, editor. Title of Book. Edition (if any), Publisher, Date. Platform, URL. Accessed Date.

In-Text Citation Format

(Editor's Last Name p. #*)


*If the page number is not available, you should include either the chapter number or the section number. Also, the in-text citation should be just the number and should not include p.

Works Cited List Example

Trimmer, Joseph F., editor. The River Reader. 12th ed., Cengage Learning, 2017. MindTap,


     Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.

In-Text Citation Example

(Trimmer ch. 3)


Sometimes the edition may include a qualifier, such as shorter edition or portable edition. When citing an anthology itself, you should include the qualifier before the edition number. For example: Portable 9th ed.

MLA In-Text Citations

When writing an MLA paper using citations, you use two types of citations: 

  1. in-text (or parenthetical) citation
  2. Works Cited citation. 

These citations are directly linked.  Any in-text citation should reflect a citation in your Works Cited page at the end of your MLA paper.

The in-text citation is a brief reference to your source which then leads your reader to your Works Cited page for the full citation.  

A Word About Punctuation

The punctuation in your citations does matter.  Make sure you pay attention to where the periods and commas are in the examples. 

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