You are viewing all posts tagged

Is it OK to italicize a word for emphasis in my paper?

The MLA style discourages the use of italics in academic prose to emphasize or point, because they are unnecessary—most often, the unadorned words do the job without typographic assistance. And if they don’t, then rewording is often the best solution. This policy is a matter of stylistic convention, not grammar.   Reserve italics for emphasis . . .

Published 23 January 2018

If I am referring to two sources that make the same point, how do I make my citations clear?

If you directly cite two sources that make the same point, you must make clear to your reader the source of each quotation.  Johnson argues that “mint chip ice cream is better than chocolate ice cream” (10). Smith agrees: “Chocolate ice cream is not as good as mint chip ice cream” (30). It may be best, however, to paraphrase: Scholars agree . . .

Published 14 December 2017

How do I style the names of contests?

Names of titled contests are set roman without quotation marks: The American Association for the Advancement of Science announced the tenth annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest. When the contest takes the form of a generic description, however, lowercase it: Martha won the school’s pie-baking contest hands down.

Published 6 December 2017

Get MLA Style News from The Source

Be the first to read new posts and updates about MLA style.

Fields marked with an * are required.

Answer the following question to prove you’re not a robot.

Skip to toolbar