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MLA style


Since we can't possibly cover every scenario, here is where you can find answers to questions you may have. The numbers refer to chapter and section in MLA Handbook. 9th ed. The linked text will take you to the relevant page in the Purdue OWL, and you look for the section noted after. Note: Purdue's OWL stands for Online Writing Lab, as opposed to Athens Technical College Library's OWL, which is the name of our catalog. You can find the MLA manual in the library Reference section LB2369.M52 2021


In-text

How do I mark the end of a quotation? Period? inside quotes or outside? What if I need a question mark: 6.51 Purdue OWL MLA formatting quotations page

How do I quote dialogue from a play? 6.40 Purdue OWL MLA in-Text ciations: The basics, Citing transcripts, plays, or screenplays

How do I quote a poem? 6.36 Purdue OWL MLA formatting quotations page

What do I capitalize in my quotations? 6.54-6.57

How do I quote someone who is quoting someone else? 6.77 Purdue OWL MLA in-Text ciations: The basics, Citing indirect sources

What goes in my parentheses if I have cited multiple works by the same author? 6.8 Purdue OWL MLA in-Text ciations: The basics, Citing multiple works by the same author

How do I use page numbers in a parenthetical citation? What if the work is only 1 page long? What if, instead of page numbers, there are line numbers? 6.16-6.20 Purdue OWL MLA in-Text ciations: The basics

What if my article has no page numbers: it's html only 6.26 Purdue OWL MLA in-Text ciations: The basics, Citing non-print or sources from the Internet

Works cited

What is a DOI? 5.93

How do I capitalize a title? 2.90 Purdue OWL MLA Works Cited Page: Basic format, Capitalization and punctuation

How do I alphabetize my works-cited list? 5.123

How do I cite the Bible? 6.25 Purdue OWL MLA Works Cited Page: Books, The Bible

How do I cite contributors like editors, translators, etc. 5.44  Purdue OWL MLA Works Cited Page: Books, A translated book, A work prepared by an editor, and other sections on this page

How do I do entries for multiple works by one author? 5.126 Purdue OWL MLA Works Cited Page: Books, Two or more books by the same author

What if my article has no page numbers: it's html only 5.104

Do I have to put the date I accessed an online source? Purdue OWL Works Cited: Electronic sources, Basic style for citations of electronic sources


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