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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

Can I use block quotations in an endnote?

In its publications, the MLA generally avoids using block quotations in notes. Exceptions would be made for quotations of more than one paragraph or for other extraordinarily long quotations. However, the MLA’s system of documentation discourages lengthy discussion in the notes and aims to keep the reader’s focus on the primary text. Read our comprehensive . . .

Published 22 August 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 cite a source that has no author?

When a work is published without an author’s name, begin the works-cited-list entry with the title of the work. Do not use “Anonymous” in place of an author’s name: “English Language Arts Standards.” Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2017, www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/. “An Homily against Disobedience and Wylful Rebellion.” 1570. Divine Right and Democracy: An Anthology of . . .

Published 9 August 2017

How do I cite descriptive copy or a quotation from a book cover in the text and in the works-cited list?

If you are citing descriptive copy or a quotation printed on the cover of a book, it’s preferable to incorporate the necessary details (chiefly, the author of the copy or quotation you are citing, if known, and the source where the copy or quotation appears) into the body of your text and then create a . . .

Published 28 July 2017

If I’m citing an entire play reprinted in an anthology, does it appear in italics?

Yes. As the MLA Handbook explains, the title of an independent work (that is, a work that usually stands alone, such as a play, novel, or artwork) is styled in italics, even when the work is contained in another independent work (27): Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans et al., . . .

Published 3 May 2017

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