Do I have to add all the same information in when I have a book with chapters written by different authors? The only things changing are the names, page numbers and title of chapter. This book has 19 chapters! How many work citations do I need to create?
If you cite more than one chapter from the same edited collection, MLA specifies that you can cross-reference within your works cited list in order to avoid writing out the publishing information for each separate chapter. You should consider this option since you have several chapter references from one book. To do so, create a separate entry for the entire collection listed by the editor’s name as below:
McKenna, Mary, and Joseph Hiram, eds. Butterflies Around the World: Every Species
and Habitat. Marietta: Press, 2010. Print.
Then, for each chapter from the edited book, list the author’s name in last name, first name format, the chapter title, the editor’s last name, and the page range:
Smith, Joseph. “Wing Formations.” McKenna and Hiram 36-50.
Wiley, Adam. “Compromising Habitats.” McKenna and Hiram 12-24.
Alphabetical order should be maintained, even when cross-referencing items in the works cited list.