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How do I quote lyrics from a duet in which the performers take turns singing?

How you quote lyrics from a duet depends on how you accessed them and how many lines you are borrowing.
If you quote lyrics from a printed source—such as liner notes, a Web site, or video captions—and borrow fewer than three lines at a time from the song, you can run the quotations into your text. You can make clear in your prose which performer is singing which lines and key your in-text citation to the first element of your works-cited-list entry. In the example below, the prose makes clear that Jamie Foxx sings one line of the song “Pop Goes the Weasel”

Published 25 April 2019

How do I cite published song lyrics from a musical?

To cite published song lyrics, follow the MLA format template. Note that the way you cite published lyrics will depend on how you accessed them and what information is provided by the source.
For example, the Web site ST Lyrics contains an audio version of “The Story of Lucy and Jessie,” as well as printed lyrics. To cite the printed lyrics, begin the entry with the title since no author is given. Then provide the name of the Web site as the title of the container and list any relevant publication details. In the optional-element slot at the end of the entry,

Published 21 November 2018

How do I cite lyrics I heard from a song in a musical?

To cite lyrics you heard from a song in a musical, follow the MLA format template. Note that how you cite the lyrics will depend on where you heard them and the information provided by the source.
Live Performance
Let’s say you’re citing lyrics from a song in the musical Cabaret, which you saw in person. In the “Author” slot, list the name of the person who wrote the lyrics. If the lyricist did not also write the music, add the label “lyricist” for clarity. Then list the name of the song as the title of the source and the name of the musical as the title of the container.

Published 21 November 2018

How do I cite song lyrics?

The way you cite song lyrics will vary depending on how you access them and how much information you include in the body of your essay.
If you cite song lyrics from a CD you listened to, you might simply refer to the song in your essay:

“You say you got a real solution,” the Beatles sing in “Revolution 1.” 

You can then provide a works-cited-list entry for the album that contains the song. Follow the MLA format template: list the name of the performer or band as the author, the name of the album as the title of the source,

Published 11 October 2017

How do I cite a song?

How you cite a song depends on how you accessed it. If you listened to the song on physical media like a vinyl album or CD, follow the MLA format template. List the performer or band as the author and then the title of the song. List the name of the album as the title of the container and then provide the publication details for the album. In the optional-element slot at the end of the entry, indicate the format:

 Snail Mail. “Thinning.” Habit, Sister Polygon Records, 2016. Vinyl EP.

 If you listened to the song through a music streaming service,

Published 9 October 2017

How do I cite a song that I downloaded from and listened to through iTunes?

To cite a song downloaded online and listened to through an app like iTunes, follow the MLA format template.
Basic Entry
List the name of the performer and the title of the song. Then provide any additional elements provided by the source, including the name of the record label as the publisher and the song’s release date:
U2. “You’re the Best Thing about Me.” Island Records, 2017.
If the song is from a collection, list the album title in the “Title of container” slot:
Belle and Sebastian. “The Model.” Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant,

Published 5 October 2017

How do I cite stand-alone sound recordings like MP3 or WAV files?

To cite stand-alone audio files, begin with the template of core elements:
In the author-element slot, list the person or persons responsible for creating the work found on the file. If the work has no creator—for example, if the file records children at a park singing “Happy Birthday” or dogs barking—leave the author element blank.
In the “Title of source” element, list the title of the work you are citing (e.g., the song); if you do not know the title, include a description of the work or the name of the file.
In the “Publication date” element on the template, include the date the recording was created,

Published 19 May 2017

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