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Questions related to the Modern Language Association (MLA) writing and formatting style

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Can you cite a source in the introduction of your paper in MLA?

I'm currently writing a paper in a class about writing papers (go figure) and I'm stuck on whether or not I can cite something in the introduction. I can't find anything concrete on whether or not it ...
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MLA-8: How to cite information with multiple sources

No abstinence-only-until-marriage program has been shown to help teens delay the initiation of sex or to protect themselves when they do initiate sex. This is directly taken from advocates for youth,...
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Citing Pseudonym/Handle as Author: MLA 8

I'm citing several podcasts in an MLA 8 bibliography for a PhD student. Many have authors/hosts with names such as "FriedPapita and Myte" (2 authors), or just "Jaime" (first name only). I've done ...
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MLA 8 and Date Accessed - not required, but still preferable?

From the newest MLA guide: "Citing the date when an online work was consulted is now optional." What is the common consensus regarding whether inclusion of the date is still preferable? Context:...
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How do I cite/reference multiple lines of cuneiform translations in MLA?

I have a text from the Nebonidus Harran inscriptions that I want to specifically reference in my paper. The quote looks like this: …(But) the sons of Babylon, Borsippa, 15. Nippur, Ur, Erech, ...
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How to cite a statistic in an MLA works cited page? [duplicate]

I am writing a speech outline and in it I use a statistic from the National Retail Federation's web site. How would I format this resource into an MLA citation on the works cited page?
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How does one cite a print chapter in a textbook without the exact page?

Example of citation: Doe, Jane. “The House.” World Literature. Ed. John Doe. New York: Penguin, 1986. 25-30. Print. What I have in the text is the quote from the chapter in the textbook, the quote ...
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How do you cite song lyrics parenthetically in MLA?

I am in the process of finishing up a research paper for school that I am writing on the debate over whether or not you should listen to an album from start to finish. I am specifically doing so with ...
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How to cite annotation in an annotated copy of Shakespeare's Othello

I'm in the process of writing an essay on Othello, and am using the Folger Shakespeare Library's annotated Othello. As far as I can tell, the correct MLA citation for the book is Shakespeare, ...
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How would you cite your own figure in MLA?

How would you cite a figure in MLA format if you are the author of it and the figure was not based off of any source?
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I need a bit of help with block quoting

I'm trying to quote 1984 for a research paper. This is the original quote, line breaks preserved ‘We are the dead,’ he said. ‘We are the dead,’ echoed Julia dutifully. ‘You are the dead,’ ...
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“Overall Website” In Citing a Website (MLA)

I am writing a research paper using MLA style. One of my sources is a book via Google Books. According to the MLA style, part of citing this online source includes giving the "overall website". Would ...
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Is the page after the title page numbered page 1 or page 2 in MLA7?

When writing a paper in MLA7 with a title page as the first page, would the second page of the document be numbered as such, or would it be numbered as page 1?
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How do you format equations in MLA?

I'm currently writing an acedemic paper on the topic of computation time. I have to include several equations similar to the following: O(N2) I am wondering if there is any special formatting or ...
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“Quote” within a quote MLA

So I have a quote that has double quotation marks inside it. Would I leave those in? Or replace them with single quotes? In Carolyn Gregoire’s article “What Your 'Life Story' Really Says About You”...
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Does order matter in an MLA7 header

In A Pocket Style Manual, 7th ed., it says that, although MLA doesn't require a title page, you need to have a header with you name, instructor's name, course title, and the date. Title and ...
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Author qtd. in Author - indirect parenthetical references [duplicate]

I have an indirect quotation where I don't want to use the author's name, as it doesn't seem to fit. However, I do want to properly cite both the author of the quote, and the author of the article. ...
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MLA8 Refer to Multiple Subpages with One Citation

Is there a way to refer to different subpages of a website in text while only citing its main directory in the works cited? For example, the hypothetical webpage, www.example.com, has the following ...
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How do I cite royal names with their titles in MLA?

For example, how would I reference Elizabeth-Charlotte of Bavaria, Princess Palatine, Duchess of Orleans (all being one single person and their attributes)? Is there a common practice for royal names ...
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MLA Background Research Paper: Noting a citation in the text?

I need to write a background research paper on a science fair experiment, but it needs to be formatted in MLA. I looked up some examples of a MLA essay and research paper but there seems to be ...
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Is there a way to cite sources without the full name, for example by using an acronym, in MLA format?

My teacher is making us do MLA and I don't like how intrusive to my writing it is to have to cite a long article title. For example, in my last essay, we were required to use The Universal Declaration ...
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MLA: How do I add an in-text citation when I'm quoting a quote that has a quote?

I am quoting Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, who is in turn quoting Rene Girard. Here is the sentence in question that I am quoting: Monsters are never created ex nihilo, but through a process of ...
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Citing footnote in mla

There's a footnote in an annotated novel I'm reading, and I want to use what's said in that footnote in my essay. I'm not sure how to cite the footnote within my essay, and on my works cited page. Any ...
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Typo correction when citing an external source

Good evening, I'm in the process of writing a small research paper for my college and im facing the following dilemma. One of my sources has a typo. More specifically instead of the word "Christians"...
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How to cite the text from an endnote in MLA

My question is a rather odd one. If I wish to use the text contained in an endnote from the work I'm using in my paper, how would I cite that endnote in MLA format? Would it be regarded as a regular ...
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MLA multiple parenthetical citation essay without page numbers

I have an older source that has no pagination. My question concerns the correct mode of multiple parenthetical in-text reference to the source according to MLA style. In the works cited section: ...
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How to cite Authorization for Use of Military Force as published online in MLA style?

The newest version of the MLA manual came out in April and so the OWL Perdue website is technically out of date. Also, additional websites (including the Illinois State University page on citing ...
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How does one cite an interview conducted in sign language (ASL) using MLA format?

One of my students is conducting a research project on how being deaf affects one's likelihood of getting a job. Her parents are both deaf, and she is fluent in ASL. She wants to interview other ...
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MLA: How to cite academic summaries

When writing long academic summaries, like 2 or more pages long, how should we acknowledge the sources in MLA format? Should it be as in the example below? Original Buffy, a small, delicate-looking ...
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Using sources multiple times in a paper in different places--how to cite

I'm writing a paper for National History Day in my Social Studies class and am using MLA formatting. It occurred to me that I had a lot of differing information from some sources, such as a historical ...
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Is it acceptable to use numbers as in-text citations?

Could I number my works cited sources and put them in my in-text citations using (1), (2), etc.? Just wondering because I used a lot of sources and my paper would look a lot cleaner in my opinion. I'm ...
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Should I use the actual page number, or the PDF's page number in a parenthetical citation?

Let's say I have a PDF, and I want to cite something on page 2 of the PDF. Would I want to use the actual page number listed (page 724 apparently), or the page number of the PDF?
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How do you properly add paragraphs into a research paper?

I'm writing an MLA formatted research paper and want to add the following into my paper. "Legislature The Legislative branch is Parliament, comprised of the Head of State and the Legislative ...
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MLA citation in the middle of a sentence?

In school, I was taught that the in-text MLA citations should always be at the end of the sentence, even when the quote itself is located in the middle of a sentence. I was looking at the Purdue OWL ...
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Should I do anything else with this indirect source?

For a paper I am doing, I am relying on information from this paper. I can't access without paying, but I found this link containing a summary in the form of a fancy GUI slideshow and gives more ...
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Starting my essay with one word (MLA) [closed]

This is how it starts.... Is it grammatically correct for MLA? "Religion" (I'm sure you've all heard of this before). Religion has.....
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Which citation style do I use if I'm writing a religious book?

Should a self published book on a biblical topic, use MLA or Chicago citation styles? It'll be a persuasive writing on a biblical subject. I want to persuade the reader to my point of view but I know ...
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How do I cite this page?

I am trying to cite this page in MLA: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/obscenity Since it lists no authors, what should I put as the in-text citation. Should I use the Legal Information Institute or ...
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How do I cite an unnamed lecture that took place somewhere in Dade County and was published on YouTube?

I'm trying to cite the following lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltDZWQKNrCA There's a name for the lecturer, but not a name for the lecture. Not even a location (except somewhere in the ...
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MLA: How do I cite a movie that was republished on YouTube?

I watched a clip that was made a long time ago in the 1950s by Sid Davis Productions, Inc. The clip was published on YouTube, where I saw it.
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MLA in-text Citations with no author, as well as same title?

In MLA, how do I write in-text citations that have no author, as well as a same title with another source in my bibliography? For example, I have these 2 sources: "Alternative Energy." Discover 28....
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MLA parenthetical citation of a character in a novel

If I am writing my essay on only one novel, and I have made it clear in the previous sentence that the quote is from a character in said novel, do I still have to include the authors name in the ...
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How to cite a letter in an anthology using MLA?

Does anyone know the proper way to cite a private letter printed in an anthology when using MLA? For example, I need to cite the letters from Queen Victoria to her daughter, Princess Fredrick William. ...
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Do I format other works' titles in my title?

I'm currently writing an essay in MLA format about a short story, and would like to include the title of the short story in my title. We all know that titles of short stories are underlined when hand-...
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Citation anniversary editions

How do I do MLA citations for an anniversary edition, e.g. 30th anniversary Selfish Gene. Do I treat it as a normal edition or just ignore that it is a new edition?
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How to cite a film quote using MLA in text citations

I am working on an essay, and one of my sources is a film. (The Matrix) What would the in-text citation for the film look like, and would it include the time that the quote occured?
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Can section headings in a paper be questions?

I searched and didn't see an answer to this. I'm writing a research paper using MLA, but I would be interested to know the answer to this for other styles as well. My question is whether section ...
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Citing and Quoting events in Games

How do I cite and quote a happening in a game? I am looking for more detail than just game and version number in the citation. How can I cite events and quote the actions of characters in my analysis ...
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MLA: Citing Multiple Facts from Same Source & Page in Same Paragraph

Let's say I have two facts that I mention in the same paragraph. These two facts come from the same source, and are located on the same page of the source. Let's say, for example, that in this ...
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Many quotations of a black British novel which used creolized English language. When to use sic?

I finished writing my essay about Sam Selvons "The Lonely Londoners" which is written in creolized English. The use of creolized English comes with many grammatical as well as spelling errors. Now I ...