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How do I indicate that I have permission to use an image or other material in my work?

In published works, credits–that is, permission to reprint images or other material–are given in the front matter, notes, or figure captions. A credit is a form of acknowledgment and must be worded in the way that the owner of the material specifies.
In a student paper, a credit may be given as a courtesy in a note or caption.
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Published 20 December 2017

Do the credentials or titles of authors I cite need to be given?

As the MLA Handbook notes (1.2), a title like Dr. or Sir should not be included before a name mentioned in the text and is usually unnecessary to include in your works-cited-list entry.
You might, however, explain the qualifications of an author in the body of your essay if they are helpful in making your point or refuting a claim:

Although many continue to deny the dangers of fossil fuel emissions, James E. Hansen, a climate scientist and the former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, argues that “[c]ontinued failure to phase out fossil fuel emissions will consign our children to a diminishing existence.” . . .

Published 23 October 2017

Is it ever acceptable to mention a work but not include it in the list of works cited?

Yes. But first let’s review when documentation is needed.
A works-cited-list entry is needed for any source

that you quote from or paraphrase
that you refer to substantively, whether the reference is to a specific place in the source (a page, a chapter) or to the source as a whole
that you explicitly acknowledge your use of (e.g., for a fact, for an idea)

The purpose is to avoid plagiarism, “presenting another person’s ideas, information, expressions, or entire work as one’s own” (MLA Handbook 6–7).
Regardless of the type of piece you are writing—a research paper, . . .

Published 13 October 2017

How do I credit the creator of subtitles in my works-cited-list entry?

To credit the creator of subtitles, follow the MLA format template. If you substantively refer to or quote from the subtitles while discussing other aspects of the film, provide the name of the person who created the subtitles, if known, in the “Other contributors” slot:
Burge, Stuart, director. Othello. Performances by Laurence Olivier and Robert Lang, Japanese subtitles by Shunji Shimizu, BHE Films, 1965.
If your discussion focuses solely on the subtitles or you quote the subtitles without discussing other aspects of the film, provide the name of the person who provided the subtitles as the author of the subtitles.

Published 29 December 2016

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