How do I cite a book chapter my instructor handed out in class?

Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.

If your instructor provides the publication details for the book on the handout, you can generally use this information to create your works-cited-list entry. You could also consult the book yourself to verify that the publication details are correct.

For more on citing instructor-provided materials, read our posts on citing a handout an instructor uploaded to a websiteĀ and citing material from a course pack.