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When citing a work whose title ends in a question mark or exclamation point, should I also include a period?

The MLA template of core elements calls for a period after the title of a source, but if the title of a source ends in a question mark or exclamation point, do not include a period. Question marks or exclamation points, as stronger marks, always supersede a period: Albee, Edward. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? . . .

Published 11 October 2016

How many spaces should I leave after a period?

Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark, unless your instructor prefers two spaces. Whichever spacing you choose, be sure to use it consistently throughout your paper. See the MLA’s formatting guidelines for more information.

Published 27 July 2016

Is it wrong to type spaces before and after a dash?

The appropriateness of spaces before and after a dash depends on various considerations: the typeface used, the medium (print, online), and so on. In the MLA Handbook, we show no space before and after dashes because that’s the standard format used by publishers in the United States. A student who follows that model will be . . .

Published 29 February 2016

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