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Modern Language Association (MLA): Prefaces, Introductions, Forwords, and Afterwords

Begin this citation with the name of the author, giving the last name first, a comma, the first name, and then a period. This should be followed with the name of the part being cited (Preface, Introduction, Foreword, or Afterword). Do not underline or put quotation marks around the name of the part being cited - merely capitalize the first letter. If the author of this section of the text is different from the author of the complete work, then after typing the title and a period, type "By" and give the author's name (first name first). If the author of the piece is also the author of the entire work, then only use the last name of the author after the word "By." Next, enter the name of the editor, the city of publication, the publisher's name, the year, and the page numbers.

For additional information, please see the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition) and the MLA style website.