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If a source contains more than one work with an introduction to each labeled “Introduction,” how should I refer to the introductions in my writing and in my works-cited list?

If you need to differentiate among several introductions in a source because each is labeled “Introduction,” you can either make clear in your writing which introduction you are referring to or use a description in a parenthetical citation: In his introduction to Antigone, Bernard Knox remarks that to Victorian readers, “the subject matter of the play seemed academic” (35). . . .

Published 30 November 2017

If I refer to two people with the same last name in my writing, should I repeat their full names each time I mention them?

If you refer to two people with the same last name, repeat their full names for subsequent mentions whenever your reader might not be certain which person you are discussing. For example, in the following excerpt, from an essay by Melissa Girard that mentions several people with the last name Johnson, the author gives the full name . . .

Published 5 March 2018

In your sample student paper on Jane Austen, why do you include the short title in the following in-text citation: (Austen, Mansfield Park 5)?

Two titles are listed under Austen’s name in the list of works cited, the novel Mansfield Park and a letter Austen wrote: Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. Edited by Kathryn Sutherland, Penguin Books, 2014. ———. “To Cassandra Austen.” Jane Austen’s Letters, edited by Deirdre Le Faye, 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 1995, pp. 25-28. The short title tells the . . .

Published 22 September 2017

Do I introduce an author’s full name and the full title of a work in each chapter of a book or dissertation?

It depends on the focus of your work. In a dissertation on a single author or title—say, Gabriel Marcel’s Being and Having: An Existentialist Diary—it would be overkill to introduce the author and full title of the work anew in each chapter. References to the author’s last name and a shortened title are sufficient. But . . .

Published 12 September 2017

How do I cite a numbered footnote?

Cite a numbered footnote or endnote in a parenthetical citation thus: Edward Wallis, the editor, notes that the poet used this technique for the first time in “New Poem” (77n5). When citing multiple notes from a single page, this format is suggested: The editors of the facsimile edition call the reader’s attention to three instances . . .

Published 14 August 2017

How do I quote stage directions?

There are different traditions for formatting stage directions, even in publications of the same play. When quoting stage directions, your aim should be consistency. It is most common to find stage directions in italics, and you should replicate them: After Levan states that Homais “faints,” the stage directions detail what happens next: “She sinks down . . .

Published 7 August 2017

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