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Should individual tale titles in The Canterbury Tales be set in quotation marks?

Yes. Student writers should place the titles of individual tales in quotation marks. This follows from the MLA Handbook’s general guideline for the styling of titles: “A title is placed in quotation marks if the source is part of a larger work” (25): “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” appears in The Canterbury Tales. The only tales . . .

Published 2 January 2019

How do I cite an interview conducted by e-mail?

Follow the MLA template of core elements. Treat the person being interviewed as the author. Then provide a description that includes the format (“E-mail interview”) in the “Title of source” slot. You may list the interviewer’s name as an “Other contributor” after the description. Then list the date on which the interview was conducted. Smith, . . .

Published 17 December 2018

How do I abbreviate the name of a corporate author in my in-text citation?

Use either the first few words of the name or, if not cumbersome, the entity’s initials. For example, Institute of Medicine (US) Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes and Its Panel on Folate, Other B Vitamins, and Choline might be shortened to Institute or Institute of Medicine, but National Institutes of . . .

Published 30 November 2018

If I am citing an online version of a sacred text and each chapter is on a separate Web page, must each Web page be listed in the works-cited list?

No. You do not need to provide a separate works-cited-list entry for each hymn, chapter, or surah cited if there are several and they all come from the same general Web site, unless readers cannot easily find their way from that central place.  Let’s say you are citing Genesis and Psalms from the Web site . . .

Published 28 November 2018

How do I cite raw data from a survey or poll I created? How do I cite published data, such as data from Google Trends?

Citing Data You Collected In a report on data collected from a survey you designed and distributed, clarify the data source in the body of the report instead of creating a works-cited-list entry for the survey. Be sure to explain in detail the methodology you used—that is, how you distributed the survey and collected and . . .

Published 27 November 2018

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