Posts related to punctuation
How do I indicate that a line has been omitted from a run-in poetry quotation?
Use three ellipsis points bracketed by forward slashes to indicate that one or more lines have been omitted from a run-in poetry quotation. Read More
Should I add a serial comma when I reproduce the title of a source?
If the title displayed on the title page of your source contains a serial comma, include the comma when you reproduce the title. For example,… Read More
In works-cited-list entries, why is there sometimes a period before the edition number and sometimes a comma?
According to the MLA format template, periods appear in a works-cited-list entry after the author, after the title, and at the end of each container… Read More
Should punctuation following a link be included in the linked text?
Publishers practices vary. On the MLA’s websites, when linked text is distinguished with color and underlining, the MLA does not link the punctuation—including quotation marks—before… Read More
How do I indicate that material in square brackets is part of the original text?
Normally, when you quote from a source, your reader is to assume that any styling, such as italics or punctuation in the quotation, is in… Read More
Should hyphens be used in an expression such as mid to late 1990s?
No. Since hyphens are not needed to prevent misreading, we recommend that they be omitted. Read more about how the MLA treats mid compounds. … Read More
When should I use a semicolon before a coordinating conjunction?
Semicolons should be used before coordinating conjunctions—that is, terms such as and, or, and but joining independent clauses—when the clauses are long and have internal punctuation, as… Read More