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How Do I Cite an Article from a Print Reference Work Using MLA 7th Edition?

Basic Format (familiar publication)

  • Author's name. "Title of article." Title of reference work. Edition information. Year of publication. Medium of publication.

Basic Format (unfamiliar publication)

  • Author's name. "Title of article." Title of reference work. Editor's name. Edition information (if applicable). Volume information (if applicable). Place of publication: Name of publisher, Year of publication. Medium of publication.

A Signed Article in a Reference Work

  • Lohr, John T. "Varicose Veins." Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. 2nd ed. 5 vols. Detroit: Gale Group, 2002. Print.

An Unsigned Article in a Reference Work

  • "Lindeman Island." Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th ed. 2002. Print.

  • "Creasey, John." Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers. Ed. Lee Server. New York: Facts on File, 2002. Print.

If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Call Number: Ref LB2369 .G53 2003 ) available in the Ready Reference Collection at the Information Desk or in the Reference Collection. You can also refer to the Instruction Office's list of resources; we specifically recommend Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also contact the SIUE Writing Center or visit MLA's site.

Updated April 15, 2009