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How should I refer in my prose to a film or TV show that has an original foreign language title and an international title?
When writing about a work known by more than one title, consider your audience. If you are writing for an audience that will know the… Read More
Is it OK to use characters’ nicknames when discussing a work in MLA style, and if so, how should I style them?
If a character is predominantly referred to by a nickname in a work, then you may use that nickname in your paper. For example, in… Read More
How do I shorten a last name in English composed of more than one element?
Last names in English composed of more than one element are usually shortened to the final element, so a name like Harriet Beecher Stowe would… Read More
How do I style numbers referring to charts of record sales?
Follow the MLA’s general rule for styling numbers (MLA Handbook, sec. 1.4.1). In discussions where few numbers appear, spell out those that can be written… Read More
When should I use a semicolon before a coordinating conjunction?
Semicolons should be used before coordinating conjunctions—that is, terms such as and, or, and but joining independent clauses—when the clauses are long and have internal punctuation, as… Read More
Should I indicate in my works-cited-list entry that an article is a cover story?
No. But if the information is useful for your argument—for example, because it signals the importance of the article’s topic—you can mention it in your… Read More
Should media in reference to mass media be treated as a singular or plural noun?
The MLA follows Merriam-Webster, which states that media can be treated as singular or plural when the reference is to mass media (“Media”). So you may choose… Read More