Questions pertaining to the Modern Language Association, in particular its citation style as set forth in the MLA Style Manual.

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Is “et al.” acceptable for citations with exactly two authors?

I have a bunch of information from a source, but the authors names are particularly long; is it acceptable (in MLA) to use "et al." for exactly two authors, e.g., “The Corpus juris not only ...
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Plagiarism: How to cite the citation of your source? [closed]

I am being prosecuted by my school for plagiarism. However, I had no idea I was plagiarizing. They claim I incorrectly cited my source. But I beg to differ. Generally, how does one cite a source's ...
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What is the stylistic form to use for including foreign text in an English article?

Academic texts often include translations of terms, and these are included in parentheses. Is there a standard to use when including foreign language text (e.g. Arabic, Russian, Chinese, etc.)? Let'...
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How do I cite a Stack Exchange answer in MLA? [closed]

I'd like to cite an answer to a Stack Exchange question in an MLA-format paper. What's the correct way to do this? Should I cite the specific answer I'm using, or the question page as a whole, and if ...
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How do you use ellipses in conjunction with semicolons in MLA quoting? [closed]

Here is a line of text from Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness... I wish to end the quote at the semicolon. Eg: "There was only—...
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What's the correct way to cite the name “King James I” in an MLA works cited page? [closed]

I'm writing a paper on Daemonologie in Forme of a Dialogue, and I was wondering how I should cite King James I in my works cited page. This is King James I of England who was also King James VI of ...
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Cite a Powerpoint Presentation [closed]

I'm writing my Junior paper and found several powerpoint presentations online. Now, I'm working on the bibliography and my English teacher doesn't know how to cite them and every site I've visited has ...
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Beginning a formal essay with a spoiler alert?

I'm writing a literary analysis piece on Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Online, such analyses are often preceded by a warning that the contents of the page contains detailed information ...
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How to quote a book that has a quote in the text that I'm quoting?

I'm trying to quote this in my paper: despite the universal desire to return to "normal," things changed How would I quote this in MLA? Would I substitute the double quotations for single, or ...
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Multiple parenthetical citations from different sources mid sentence

I'm trying to keep with MLA format 7th edition and I'm not sure how to properly parenthetically cite a complex sentence. I have sources S1, S2, S3 where S1 and S2 have the same author, but different ...
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Format for co-writing [MLA]

Typically, you structure MLA: John Smith Professor Adam Houser English 105 3 December 2015 (Page Header: "Smith 1") How would you arrange this for a co-written paper? I could not find any ...
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How would I cite Magna Carta according to MLA6 citation standards? [closed]

I would like to cite the Magna Carta document for a project that requires me to cite sources according to the MLA6 standards. How would I cite Magna Carta, because it's not a book, nor magazine or any ...
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Citing editor's footnotes in MLA style [closed]

I wish to cite an editor's footnotes in an annotated copy of Milton's Paradise Lost. I have no idea how to go about this. I'm not sure what either the in-text or complete citation look like. The ...
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What does “corp.” mean in the context of MLA citation? [closed]

From this webpage it has a section to enter the information about the author that is labeled "Last / corp." What is corp? Is it short for the corporation, as in the one publishing the article?
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Ibid source citing source [closed]

I have a source (source A) citing source B and source C in the next citation number. I want to cite both B and C. So obviously, I should cite A, B, and C. how should I do this? Source B (...
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Where can I find a good list of MLA citation formats? [closed]

I am working on programing a citation generator. It will only make citations in MLA format. Does anyone know where I can find a good MLA citation form resource
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Does MLA require intext citations to include author's last name if you introduced his name earlier in your work? [closed]

I'm a bit unsure if I can go about excluding author last names in citations for a paper I've been writing. I have to compare two characters from different stories in the same anthology. I have quotes ...
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Standard Quotation Format in MLA [closed]

If I were to have a quote and there were a contraction in it, would I need to put brackets around the de-contracted word or can I just de-contract it. For example: He said, "I'll go to the store ...
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Where do I put my citation of an article for a short story in MLA?

I'm writing an essay in which I retell the story of an African-American girl who was in poverty, as it is told in a New York Times article. I want to cite the article properly.
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How to cite a play with no line numbers? [closed]

First off, this may not be an appropriate question for this site. I'm not sure. But I'm kind of in a hole and I'd really appreciate some help with this. I need to integrate a quotation from A Raisin ...
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MLA style: I need help citing an old article I found in a website

I found this article from Aldous Huxley that was written a long long time ago, this is the only website I found that has it in full. http://csp.org/practices/entheogens/docs/huxley-drugs.html In my ...
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What takes predominance when writing MLA citations: literal source title or obvious grammar rules?

I am writing MLA citations for a paper and I encountered an issue. The title of one of my sources has no uppercase letters, although in normal grammar situations it should, regardless of the fact that ...
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Where do I add emphasis for a biblical in-text citation using MLA standards?

I've been researching online and in my seventh edition MLA handbook, and I cannot seem to get a definitive answer to my question. I have read accounts that suggest putting emphasis mine, emphasis ...
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When I am quoting something does it need to be incorporated into my own sentence? (Also, should I use an ellipsis?)

I am writing an essay for my English class. At one point I make a statement about the book and end the sentence. Afterwards I've inserted a direct quote from the book on its own. Here's an example: ...
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Modifying Quotations

Revising MLA conventions of citation, I found that brackets should be used whenever additions or omitions take place. But what happens when some elements (e.g. pronouns) are modified for the sake of ...
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Help with MLA Style citation

There is a website for statistics where I got information about clothes production in China but I don't know how to cite it using MLA Style. The link is http://www.statista.com/statistics/226193/...
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MLA format work cited page (book)

I am writing an essay about free will and I am using this book https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/free-will I am using the first 55 pages of the book as a reference. Here is what I have in the work ...
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using a brand name in MLA style

Should a brand name be italicized when used in a MLA-style paper? For example, tin he following paragraph: Future Shop, which offered technology supplies, was closed and in an statement the CEO ...
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MLA book citation for multiple publisher cities and copyright years

Some info about the book: Crime and Capitalism by David F. Greenberg. The copyright dates on the book are 1991, 1995, and 2005. It was published by Mayfield Publishing Company in Palo Alto, New ...
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In MLA style, how to handle citing a volume of a multivolume work

I am revising a paper by a writer who is using MLA style for citations and Works Cited. The work in question is one of the volumes for a Complete Works series. MLA says to cite a work that occupies an ...
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How do I submit a villanelle in MLA style? [closed]

I understand how to submit essays in MLA styles, but how do I submit a villanelle?
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One argument, multiple paragraphs? [closed]

How do I structurally split up an argument into multiple paragraphs? Let's say I'm using two texts as evidence for one argument, and I want to devote one paragraph to each text. What would the ...
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Citation for Hook by infamous person [closed]

I am currently writing an essay for an English and Composition class at a US university and my question has to do with using a Hitler quote for my hook. My essay is about the effects of cyberbullying ...
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Is this citation proper MLA? [closed]

I am using a source for a paper and this was the MLA citation given at the end of the source. Yet, I don't think that it is actually MLA. Shouldn't the format be Last Name, First Name so on.... Here ...
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How would you parenthetically cite an author that appears twice in a works cited page? MLA [closed]

How would you parenthetically cite an author that appears twice in a works cited page? I would like to cite Wachs. Here is a piece of my works cited: Wachs, Juan, Helman Stern, Yael Edan, Michael ...