Answered By: Cathy Goodwin
Last Updated: May 15, 2017     Views: 66

Cross-referencing in MLA Style can be used as a way of shortening Works Cited page entries when you have several works (such as short stories, poems, or essays) that all come from the same anthology or collection. Your instructor may even require you to cross-reference--when in doubt, always ask!

First, create an entry for the whole anthology. Please note that the main entry will still be in alphabetical order with all the smaller entries. In the main entry, you will include the editors, the anthology title, the edition number (if other than the 1st), place of publication, publisher name, year of publication, and medium of publication (print, in this example--see example two for a web publication).

Each cross-reference will include the author and title of the individual piece, the last names of the editors of the collection, and the page range of the piece.

Example:

cross-referencing

 

See page 135 (section 5.3.6) in the MLA Handbook for more information about cross-references.

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