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Creating Anthology MLA Works Cited Entries 

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Anthologies are collections of writings published in a book or journal. The writings are centered around a similar theme, time or subject matter written by various authors. Collections of poems or short stories by the same author are also anthologies.

Students Creating Anthology MLA Works Cited Entries

Types of Anthologies

Short stories are collected in an anthology such as this book centered around Chicano/Latino writings published in 2008.

The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Paperback – May 31, 2008

By Stephanie Fetta.  (Editor) This landmark collection of prize-winning fiction, poetry, and drama paints a historical and aesthetic panorama of Chicana/o and Latina/o letters over a twenty-five-year period beginning in 1974 and ending in 1999. Source: Amazon

Works by a single author are often collected in an anthology.

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Paperback – September 12, 1975

by Edgar Allan Poe  (Author). Source: Amazon

Citing Anthologies

If you are citing the whole anthology, use the editor(s) name in place of the author and indicate it’s an editor by using ed. after the name.

Example

Carretta, Vincent, ed. Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century. University Press of Kentucky, 2013.

Mazer, Anne, ed. America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories. Turtleback Books, 1993.

 

Typically, you will be citing one selection out of the collection, rather than the whole anthology.

Example

Last name, First name. “Title of Essay.” Title of Collection, edited by Editor’s Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Hughes, Langston. “The All-American Slurp.” America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories, edited by Anne Mazer, Turtleback Books. 1993. pp. 18-25.

If it’s a collection of a single author’s works, there won’t be an editor so use the author’s name.

Example

Angelou, Maya. “Amazing Peace.” Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry.  Random House, 2015. Google Books. pp. 283-285

Nesting MLA Containers

If the work you are citing in your MLA paper was previously published on its own, you’ll need to add that publication information too. You do this by nesting the containers. There are nine core elements to a citation. Elements three to nine are considered a container.

The first two elements will stay the same

  • Author.
  • Title of source.

The last 7 elements will be repeated at the end of the first container to account for additional publication information.

Container One

  • Title of container,
  • Other contributors,
  • Version,
  • Number,
  • Publisher,
  • Publication date,
  • Location

Container Two

  • Title of container,
  • Other contributors,
  • Version,
  • Number,
  • Publisher,
  • Publication date,
  • Location

Creating citations for anthologies in MLA Works Cited follows the same basic format as books or other entries. Using the Container system with its core elements, gives you an easy way to place the data in the correct order. Remember to punctuate as noted.

About the author

Adrienne Mathewson

Adrienne Mathewson, Editor-in-Chief of Bibliography.com, is an Information Professional with a Master’s in Library, Information & Science from San José State University with an emphasis on information literacy and scholarly publishing. She is a certified librarian through the State of New Mexico. As Editor-in-Chief of SJSU School of Information SRJ. Adrienne guided the editorial team through the scholarly journal’s double-blind, peer reviewed process to provide quality, cited articles to library information and science researchers. Her passion for digital inclusion and information literacy led her to volunteer as a digital training team member of Librarians Without Borders. Adrienne has over 25 years of experience as a freelance writer and editor.

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