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Questions tagged [mla]

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

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How to write a dash

My teacher wants us to write essays with "MLA formatting," and I was wondering whether a dash should be written in MLA as two keyboard "minus signs" aka hyphens (--) or use the actual special ...
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Citing Multiple paragraphs MLA

Had a quick question about how I should cite with multiple paragraphs (MLA). Here is how the text appears in the source (The Great Gatsby): 'An Oxford man!' He was incredulous. 'Like hell he is!...
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Capitalization of titles in an essay where the original work does not capitalize its title according to style (MLA)

In my essay (MLA), I talk about Kendrick Lamar's album titled good kid, m.A.A.d city (stylized like that). Which of the following ways would be the correct way to title my essay: Kendrick Lamar's ...
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MLA quoting part of a sentence as a sentence

Let's say there is a sentence that I want to quote. eg. While John read a book, he fell off a cliff, and ate an apple. If I want to quote "he fell off a cliff, and ate an apple" as a sentence it ...
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How would you change the punctuation when citing a quote in MLA?

If I wanted to cite a question in MLA, but use it as a statement, how would I change the punctuation? For example, would I change the sentence Does it not occur to you that this is the first time ...
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Works cited multiple pages in MLA

I'm currently writing an essay and cites a source multiple times, but at separate pages. Just for clarity's sake, I cited pages 10-11, 15, and 19. The issue is simple enough for in-text citations, but ...
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Abbreviations inside in-text citations

I'm using an in-text citation in my paper which is as follows: Our case studies demonstrate that NGET have already provided a wide range of environmental, security, health and safety, and ...
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What is the proper way to cite a title of a poem, written in lowercase, from a book of poetry using MLA?

If the title of the poem were "apple and trees," would it be best to write it as "[A]pple and trees," or is there a preferred method?
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“thecanadianecyclopedia.com” vs. “TheCanadianEncylopedia.com”: which is better for an in-text citation?

When making an in-text citation for a website, in MLA format, do you capitalize the first letter of each word? For example: (thecanadianecyclopedia.com) or (TheCanadianEncylopedia.com)
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How do I write (not cite) Bible verses in MLA format?

For in-text MLA citations of the Bible, everything I've seen says to write the following: Saint John tells us that "God so loved the world that he sent his only-begotten Son" (Revised Standard ...
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Works Cited multiple pages in powerpoint

I am making a powerpoint presentation and I have 3 slides that are for Works Cited. I currently have it as Works Cited (I) Works Cited (II) Works Cited (III) for the titles of the slides. Is this ...
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MLA formatting of book series [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right area for this question but here we go. I'm in the middle of an essay (for a college English class) and I reference several book series by name. I know the individual ...
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How to cite reset page numbers?

I'm trying to cite a "P.S." section of a book, Green Grass Running Water by Thomas King, but the page numbers just start again from 1 at the start of the P.S. section (i.e. the next page after 430 is ...
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How do I use a quote that was basically made up? [duplicate]

I know the title sounds a bit ridiculous, but that's actually what I'm asking. The sentence in question is as follows: "Well, of course robots don't deserve rights, they're not even living things!",...
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MLA: block quote following an indented first line of paragraph - must I 'double indent' the block?

I am writing a paper in MLA style, where the first line of each new paragraph is indented once. However, I wish to use a block quote on the second like of a paragraph, which must also be indented once ...
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What is this style of quoting called?

I have seen this method of quoting a source. It is often used in books and research essays, but I am unaware what it called, or if it is legal in the MLA or APA writing format. I have some screenshots ...
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Which date for the works cited page?

I am using MLA 7th edition. I am citing an article published April 10th and edited April 12th. Which date should I cite? Thank you!
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MLA style: I need help citing an old article I found in a website [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...