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Citing an Essay, Story, or Poem in a Collection
MLA Bibliography or Works Cited
Grace Fleming
The example above refers to a story in a collection. The book cited includes stories by Marco Polo, Captain James Cook, and many others.

Sometimes it may seem odd to list a well-known historical figure as an author, but it is proper.


The citation method is the same, whether you are citing an essay, short story, or poem in an anthology or collection.

Notice the name order in the citation above. The author is given in last name, first name order. The editor (ed.) or compiler (comp.) is listed in first name, last name order.

You will put the available information in the following order:

  • Short story author
  • Short story name
  • Name of book
  • Name of book compiler, editor, or translator
  • Publication information
  • Pages
  • Medium (print or web)
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