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In a block quotation, can I reverse the order of two sentences if I separate them with an ellipsis?
No. Sentences in a block quotation cannot be reversed because, as the MLA Handbook notes, “[a] quotation should never be presented in a way that could cause… Read More
Should department names be capitalized in MLA style?
In general, the MLA follows The Chicago Manual of Style for the capitalization of academic department names (“Academic Subjects”) and administrative bodies (“Administrative Bodies”). We capitalize… Read More
When should commas be used with introductory phrases that include dates?
A comma may generally be omitted from an introductory phrase of two or three words, but consider using a comma when you wish to emphasize… Read More
How Publishing Work as a Student Shaped My College Writing Experience
Publishing work during college can help students learn to enjoy writing academic research papers Read More
If a phrase is repeated throughout a work, what page number should I use when discussing the phrase?
When citing a phrase that appears more than once in a work, give the page number of the first instance in the parenthetical reference: B. Read More
Should the comma after an italicized element appear in italics?
Publishers differ in their practice. In its publications, the MLA’s preference is not to italicize commas that appear after italicized elements. However, we are open… Read More
How should I format examples for a linguistics paper?
For guidance on styling linguistics papers, consult the “Unified Style Sheet,” published by the Linguistics Society of America. For phonetic symbols, consult the website of… Read More