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How to Cite a Norton Critical Edition

by Forest Time, Demand Media

    Norton Critical Editions are books that contain additional material designed to help a student understand literature classics. If you are citing the Norton Critical Edition as a whole, you should follow the format for citing a printed book. If you are citing from a particular essay contained within the work, you should follow the format for citing an article contained within a book. The correct format for citing a Norton Critical Edition will also depend on whether you are using American Psychological Association (APA) Format or Modern Language Association (MLA) Format.

    Step 1

    Format your citation in the following manner if you are citing a Norton Critical Edition as a single work in APA format. Make sure that the title of the book is italicized and that only the first letter of the title, subtitle and proper nouns are capitalized. Author's Last Name, First Initial. (Year of Publication). Title of book (First Initial and Last Name of Translator or Editor). Name of Series. City of Publication: Name of Publisher. (Year of original publication) For example: Smith, T. (2010). The adventure of a lifetime (A. Jones, Ed. & Trans.). Norton Critical Editions. New York: Norton. (Original work published 1910)

    Step 2

    Format your citation in the following manner if you are citing a specific essay from a Norton Critical Edition in APA format. Make sure that the title of the book is italicized and that only the first letter of the title, subtitle and proper nouns are capitalized for the title of both the article and the book. Article Author's Last Name, First Initial. (Year of Publication). Title of article. In Editor's First Initial and Last Name (Eds.), Title of book (pages). City of Publication: Name of Publisher. For example: Barry, J. (2010). Smith's use of imagery and allusion. In A. Jones (Ed.), The adventure of a lifetime (pp. 17-21). New York: Norton.

    Step 3

    Format your citation in the following manner if you are citing a Norton Critical Edition as a single work in MLA format. Make sure that the title of the book is italicized. Author's Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Original Date of Publication. Editor and Translator First Name Last Name. Name of Series. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, Year of Publication. For example: Smith, Terry. The Adventure of a Lifetime. 1910. Ed. & Trans. Andrew Jones. Norton Critical Editions. New York: Norton, 2010.

    Step 4

    Format your citation in the following manner if you are citing a specific essay from a Norton Critical Edition in MLA format. Make sure that the title of the book is italicized. Article Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Book. Editor's First Name Last Name. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, Year of Publication. Pages. For example: Barry, John. "Smith's Use of Imagery and Allusion." The Adventure of a Lifetime. Ed. Andrew Jones. New York: Norton, 2010. 17-21.

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    About the Author

    Forest Time has been writing for over a decade. During this time, he founded and edited a short-lived literary magazine, received several prizes for his poetry and published a master's thesis on Cambodian history. He received his Master of Arts in Asian history from the University of Maine at Orono in 2007.

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