If I want to include a DOI for a book chapter in my works-cited-list entry, where should I insert it?

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 you are citing a chapter of a book from a novel or monograph, create an entry for the book as a whole and list the book’s DOI in the “Location” slot, since in MLA style, chapters from these types of works are not cited individually. 

If you wish to include a DOI for a chapter in an anthology, include it in the “Location” slot:

Lewalski, Barbara K. “Paradise Lost, the Bible, and Biblical Epic.” The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c.1530-1700, edited by Kevin Killeen et al., Oxford UP, Nov. 2015, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199686971.013.34.

If the chapter has page numbers, include them in the same slot, separated from the DOI by a comma, following the general principle that commas separate more than one piece of information for the same element (MLA Handbook, sec. 2.6).

Work Cited

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.