When I am quoting, do I need to indicate if italics are in the original?
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No. In MLA style, italics in a quotation are assumed to be in the original unless otherwise indicated. See the MLA Handbook for more details on quoting sources exactly (75) and on italics added for emphasis (86).
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.