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MLA Citation Style Guide: Article in a Reference Book

This guide contains examples of common citation formats in MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Article in a Reference Book (p.160-161)

When citing articles in a reference book, you generally follow the same format as you would for a work in an anthology.

However, you do not need to supply full publication information for well-known reference books in your Works Cited list.  Instead, you need only include the edition, publication year, and medium (see general format 2 and example 2).

General Format 1
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname page number)
   
      Works Cited
      Author Surname, First Name. "Title of Article." Book Title: Subtitle.Ed. 
            
            Editor First Name Surname. Edition [if available].
            
            Vol. volume # [if available]. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.
            
            Medium.
  
Example 1 (Signed Article)
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Shehan 468)
 
      Works Cited:
      Shehan, Constance L. “Parental Roles.” Encyclopedia of  Sociology.
 
              Ed. Edgar F. Borgatta and Rhonda J.V. Montgomery. 2nd ed.
 
              Vol. 3. New York: Macmillan, 2000. Print.
 
General Format 2 (for well known reference works)
 
       Parenthetical Citation: 
      ("Title of Article" [if no author is given])
 
      Works Cited: 
      "Title of Article." Book Title: Subtitle. Edition. Volume. Publication Year. Medium.
  
Example 2
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      ("Denial")
 
      Works Cited:
      "Denial." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. 2003. Print.