Recent questions from Ask the MLA
How do I alter a quotation using square brackets if the quotation already contains bracketed words?
If a quotation already contains bracketed text, avoid adding your own bracketed text, since multiple sets of brackets may be confusing for the reader. However,… Read More
How do I cite a commentator’s handwritten notes on a work?
Cite a commentator’s handwritten notes by citing the unique copy of the work where they appear. Often, that unique copy will be an object in… Read More
Should I reproduce a quotation in all caps in my essay?
In general, yes, you should reproduce quotations as they appear in the source. If a quotation appears in all caps in your source, most of… Read More
How do I cite audio commentary for a movie or TV show?
When citing audio commentary, treat the person or persons who provided the commentary as contributors to the work. Include the label “Audio commentary by” along… Read More
Where should the original author’s name appear when citing indirect sources?
When citing indirect sources, the name of the author of the original quotation can appear in the prose, in the in-text citation, or in an… Read More