I read The MLA Handbook from cover to cover, and this post explains why you should too.
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The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .
When it comes to styling the holiday variously known as President’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and Presidents Day, authorities disagree not only about what to call the holiday but also about what the holiday celebrates.
The formula it is . . . that is one of the most common rhetorical tics in academic writing. This formula also provides a great opportunity to edit for concision, since it can usually be removed easily from a sentence without changing the meaning . . .
Martin Luther King Day? Martin Luther King, Jr., Day? MLK Day? There seems to be no consensus on how to style the name of this federal holiday.
Should you write, “Happy New Year,” “Happy new year,” or “Happy New Year’s”? It depends on how much happiness you want to impart.
Many of the MLA’s authorities on English usage frown on the use of include to mean are.
Read these 5 easy tips for crediting the work of others when you give a talk.
Keep an eye out for overhedging. Some writers are timid—or pretend to be—about making a statement, so they hedge: “I believe,” “it seems to me,” “may be,” “suggests that,” et cetera. The problem is that, having hedged, they often worry that they still have been too positive, so they hedge again, often in the same . . .
There are many stylistic sins worse than using former and latter. But if you’ve ever had to stop and reread a sentence or passage to figure out what former and latter point back to, you know why it’s best to avoid them . . .