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What is the advantage of MLA-style date format over the format recommended by the International Standards Organization (ISO)?

The International Standards Organization recommends writing dates with numerals in year-month-day format (e.g., 2018-10-24) because it is useful when people need to convey information across international borders about such practical matters as “[o]rganizing meetings and deliveries, writing contracts and buying airplane tickets” (“Date and Time Format”). The MLA Handbook, in contrast, recommends the more humanistic approach of spelling . . .

Published 23 January 2019

When should you give a range of dates for a Web site?

If you’re documenting an entire Web site or Web project, provide a date range in your works-cited-list entry when the Web site provides one: Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. U College London, 2003-14, www.livesandletters.ac.uk/.   If the Web site provides more than one date, provide the date that is most useful. In the example . . .

Published 5 July 2018

How do I style the names of centuries in MLA style?

MLA style spells out the names of centuries in prose and in titles of English-language works, even when the title page uses a numeral: Queen Victoria ruled England for most of the nineteenth century. Music of the Twentieth Century We make an exception and retain the numeral if it precedes an abbreviation in a title: The Ekopolitan . . .

Published 3 April 2018

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