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What is the difference between source lists titled “Works Cited,” “Bibliography,” and “References”?
As the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook explains, “the list titled ‘Works Cited’ identifies the sources you borrow from—and therefore cite—in the body of… Read More
How does the MLA handle orphaned words and widowed lines?
In our publications, we prefer to avoid an orphan—a word alone on a line or at the end of a paragraph—if the word, including any… Read More
How do I format a recommended reading list in MLA style?
Format a list of recommended works just as you would a list of works cited. Give the list a header that indicates its purpose (e.g.,… Read More
If I paraphrase information from a source and then refer to that information again later in my paper, do I need to credit the source again?
If you paraphrase information from a source and cite that source appropriately, you do not need to cite subsequent references to that information. For example,… Read More
How do I show the blank space between stanzas when quoting from a poem?
Use a single line space to separate stanzas of poetry, as in this excerpt from Felicia Hemans’s “The Image in Lava”: Thou thing of years… Read More
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… Read More
If my college requires that I include a table of contents in my paper, where should I place it?
A table of contents is generally used for longer projects such as theses or dissertations, but if you are required to include a table of… Read More
Is the page after the title page of an essay numbered 1 or 2?
The first page of an essay should be numbered 1. Therefore, if you are preparing an essay that includes a title page, do not number… Read More