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How do I cite a critical essay published in the same volume as a literary text–for example, an essay in a Norton Critical Edition?

To cite a critical essay published in the same volume as a literary work, follow the MLA format template. List the author of the essay, followed by the title. Then list the name of the volume from which you accessed the essay, followed by the the volume’s publication details. In the optional-element slot at the end of the entry, you may provide original publication details if the volume supplies them, but the information is not required:

Stone, Harry. “Fairy Tales and Ogres: Dickens’ Imagination and David Copperfield.” David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens, edited by Jerome H.

Published 9 May 2019

Is it acceptable to list both a DOI and a URL in the same works-cited-list entry if one leads to a chapter and the other to the book as a whole?

No. 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 URL or DOI in the “Location” slot, since in MLA style, chapters from these types of works are not cited individually: 

Gerrard, Christine. Aaron Hill: The Muses’ Projector, 1685-1750. Oxford UP, Jan. 2010, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.001.0001.

If you are citing a chapter from an anthology, create an entry for the chapter and list the chapter URL or DOI:

Lewalski, Barbara K. “Paradise Lost, the Bible, and Biblical Epic.” The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, . . .

Published 3 April 2019

How do I cite two versions of a poem from the same anthology?

As explained in a previous post, to distinguish between works with the same author and title, you need to include additional information in your parenthetical citation—usually the first unique piece of information in your works-cited-list entry. This principle applies if you are citing two versions of a poem from the same anthology.
For example, the anthology Poetry: An Introduction includes two versions of Emily Dickinson’s poem “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—,” a version published in 1859 and an unpublished version from 1861 that Dickinson sent to Thomas W. Higginson. Your works-cited-list entries would look as follows:

Dickinson, Emily. “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—.” . . .

Published 7 June 2018

How do I cite an excerpt from an anthology?

To cite an excerpt from an anthology, follow the MLA format template. You will likely list a description in place of a title:

De Quincey, Thomas. Excerpt from Confessions of an English Opium-EaterEnglish Romantic Writers, edited by David Perkins, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1967, pp. 725-30.

If the anthology provides original publication information for the work that is excerpted, you may list it in the optional-element slot at the end of the template:

Duyckinck, Evert A. “An Intellectual Chowder.” Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, edited by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker, Norton Critical Edition, . . .

Published 1 February 2018

Do I need to create a separate works-cited-list entry for a story in a collection of stories by one author?

If a book collects works by one author, creating separate works-cited-list entries for each story, poem, or essay that you cite from the book is usually unnecessary. If, however, your discussion focuses on only one work in the collection—for example, Euripides’s play The Trojan Women, in the collection Ten Plays, by Euripides, or Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death,” in The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe—then you might create a separate entry for the work, as shown in the examples below, taken respectively from pages 27 and 35 of the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook:


Published 19 May 2017

If I’m citing an entire play reprinted in an anthology, does it appear in italics?

Yes. As the MLA Handbook explains, the title of an independent work (that is, a work that usually stands alone, such as a play, novel, or artwork) is styled in italics, even when the work is contained in another independent work (27):
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans et al., vol. 2, Houghton Mifflin, 1974, pp. 1307-42.
The following example shows an entry for a work of art contained in a Web site:
Bearden, Romare. The Train. 1975. MOMA,

Published 3 May 2017

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