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How do I distinguish between different dictionary entries for the same term in my in-text citation?

To distinguish between different dictionary entries for the same term, follow the principle in our previous post on distinguishing between works with the same title: provide additional details in your parenthetical citation, usually the first unique piece of information in your works-cited-list entries. For example, in the following works-cited-list entries for emoticon, the information in the . . .

Published 30 May 2018

How should Icelandic names be cited?

Many Icelandic names consist of a first name and a matronymic or patronymic, not a family name: Björk Guðmundsdóttir (that is, Björk, Guðmund’s daughter)  Gunnar Karlsson (or Gunnar, son of Karl) In a nonspecialist context, reverse the names in the works-cited-list entry: Karlsson, Gunnar. The History of Iceland. U of Minnesota P, 2000. The corresponding works-cited-list entry . . .

Published 28 May 2018

How do I cite a biographical note?

To cite a biographical note, mention it in your prose and then include the work in your works-cited list: According to a biographical note in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, the author “was born . . . into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase ‘keeping up with the Joneses.’” Work Cited Wharton, . . .

Published 25 May 2018

If I am writing a paper in a foreign language and my works-cited list contains works in more than one language, should labels such as “edited by” be given in the foreign language or in English? Also, should the works-cited-list entry be punctuated according to the rules of the foreign language?

The language that you use to describe elements in your works-cited list should be the language that your paper is written in, which should also determine the punctuation used.   In other words, if your paper is in Spanish but you cite a work published in English in the works-cited list, use “editado por” instead of . . .

Published 17 May 2018

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