Recent questions from Ask the MLA
How do I shorten a last name in English composed of more than one element?
Last names in English composed of more than one element are usually shortened to the final element, so a name like Harriet Beecher Stowe would… Read More
Which comes first in a works-cited list? An entry for an encyclopedia article titled “Christie, Agatha” or an entry for a work listed under the name Christie, Agatha?
It depends on what, if anything, follows the author’s name in the title of the encyclopedia entry. If the title of the encyclopedia entry is… Read More
How do I style numbers referring to charts of record sales?
Follow the MLA’s general rule for styling numbers (MLA Handbook, sec. 1.4.1). In discussions where few numbers appear, spell out those that can be written… Read More
How do I cite a short story posted to a Web site whose author is different from that of the story?
Cite the short story the same way you would cite a poem posted to a blog by someone who is not the poem’s author but… Read More
Which entity should you list as the publisher of a Web site if both a subsidiary and a parent company are listed as publisher?
Determine the publisher of a Web site the same way you determine the publisher of a book. The MLA Handbook notes that for books, when… Read More
Where should authors’ names and affiliations be placed in a book manuscript for an edited collection?
If the publisher provides instructions about where to place authors’ names and affiliations, the volume editor should follow these instructions. Published versions of books typically… Read More