Recent questions from Ask the MLA
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
How do I represent an author’s name that is partly illegible in the source?
If an author’s name is partly illegible in the source, and you do not know the name, then in your works-cited-list entry you may type… Read More
Should I use roman or arabic numerals to paginate the front matter in my dissertation?
Although publishers paginate front matter using roman numerals, your dissertation need not use them unless they are required by your institution’s guidelines for formatting dissertations. Read More
How do I refer to other parts of a work I’m writing or editing?
You may refer to another part of an essay by adding a parenthetical cross-reference in prose. (see “Findings,” below) A page number can be provided… Read More
Do I need to cite computer-aided design (CAD) software that I used to create a drawing or model?
If you use computer-aided design, or CAD, software to create a two-dimensional drawing, a three-dimensional model, or another type of visual output to be included… Read More