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If I am quoting the first few words of one line of poetry and the last few words of the next line of poetry, should I use two sets of ellipses with a slash between them?

Yes. Clarity is worth the trouble of more punctuation. Let’s say you quote the following two lines of poetry: He had forty-two boxes, all carefully packed, With his name painted clearly on each: To make it clear to readers that you are quoting the beginning of one line and the ending of the next, use ellipses . . .

Published 22 November 2017

How do I cite a sign?

If you quote unique language from a sign, create a works-cited-list entry for it. A sign advises you to “shout, wave arms, throw stones” if you encounter a bear in the park (“Bear Country”). For the entry, follow the MLA template of core elements. The entry below includes a description in place of the title, the . . .

Published 21 November 2017

If an online source becomes defunct before I turn in or publish my paper, what do I do?

The primary goal of documentation is not to ensure perpetual access to a source but to verify the publication facts of the version you consulted. Thus it is acceptable to cite the original version with the defunct URL: Bluestone, Gabrielle. “Three Jailed in Myanmar for Posting Image of a Buddha Wearing Headphones.” Gawker, 19 Mar. 2015,  . . .

Published 21 November 2017

Can I include the editor of a journal in a works-cited-list entry for a journal article?

The names of journal editors are generally only included in works-cited-list entries for special issues of journals: Charney, Michael W. “Literary Culture on the Burma-Manipur Frontier in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.” Literary Cultures at the Frontiers: Literature and Identity in the Early Modern World, special issue of The Medieval History Journal, edited by Sumit . . .

Published 9 November 2017

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