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If a parenthetical reference does not fit on the final line of a block quotation, where do you place it?
If a parenthetical reference does not fit on the final line of a block quotation, place it at the start of the next line. Read More
Should the month be spelled out in the header of a student paper?
Months in the header on the first page of a student paper may be spelled out or abbreviated. Students should ask their instructor for the… Read More
Do the MLA’s paper-formatting guidelines apply to papers that students write by hand?
The MLA does not offer specific guidelines for handwritten papers, so instructors should adapt guidelines for typed papers as they see fit. Read More
If a paragraph begins with a short sentence that is less than a full line and that introduces a block quotation, should the block quotation be further indented than usual?
No. All block quotations in your work should be indented the same amount. Even if the block quotation occurs after a short line that is… Read More
How does the font and type size I choose affect the formatting of block quotations in my paper?
As the MLA Handbook notes, “If a quotation extends to more than four lines when run into your text, set if off from the text as a… Read More