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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

In-text citations in MLA style involve authors, titles, and page numbers. Can I also include the date of a work?

In MLA style, you must key works you discuss to the works-cited list. You may do so by mentioning the author in the text or in a parenthetical citation. If you refer to more than one work by the author or a work is anonymously written, your in-text references must specify the title. You are free to provide additional information, . . .

Published 5 December 2017

If I refer to two people with the same last name in my writing, should I repeat their full names each time I mention them?

If you refer to two people with the same last name, repeat their full names for subsequent mentions whenever your reader might not be certain which person you are discussing. For example, in the following excerpt, from an essay by Melissa Girard that mentions several people with the last name Johnson, the author gives the full name . . .

Published 5 March 2018

Verbs with Alternative Subjects

By Michael Kandel

Should you use a singular or plural verb after alternative subjects—that is, two nouns joined by or—when one is singular and the other plural? A common practice is to have the verb agree in number with the second subject of the pair—in other words, with the noun that is closer to the verb . . .

Published 28 November 2017

Do the credentials or titles of authors I cite need to be given?

As the MLA Handbook notes (1.2), a title like Dr. or Sir should not be included before a name mentioned in the text and is usually unnecessary to include in your works-cited-list entry. You might, however, explain the qualifications of an author in the body of your essay if they are helpful in making your point or refuting a claim: . . .

Published 23 October 2017

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