That’s an excellent question! I suppose that the shortened URL intended for social media sharing isn’t entirely illegitimate, since it’s provided by the publisher. But the main URL is preferable: it’s easier to find, easier for the reader to parse, easier to confirm, and so on.
These are good points, Gina. We recommend removing the protocol in print works–especially those that are professionally designed and typeset–but if you aim to have hyperlinked URLs and you are working in a software program (Word) that doesn’t allow hyperlinking with the protocol removed, by all means modify our suggestions for your classroom.
When quoting from a source, you should transcribe the source exactly (for the few acceptable alterations, see 1.3.1 and 1.3.6 of the MLA Handbook).
There is, however, an entire category of material that you do […]
How you punctuate quoted dialogue from a novel will depend on what you are quoting and how you are quoting it. See the three most common considerations below.
Quoting Dialogue and Text
If you are incorporating […]
Single dashes are used to comment on, summarize, or explain what precedes:
Suspenseful, dark, and fast-paced—what more could you ask for in a movie?
The movie was the best of its kind—that is, suspenseful, dar […]
Yes, you can leave the heading (your name, instructor’s name, the course name, and the date) off the first page of your essay if you have a cover page. However, be sure to check with your instructor about his or h […]
It depends on the focus of your work. In a dissertation on a single author or title—say, Gabriel Marcel’s Being and Having: An Existentialist Diary—it would be overkill to introduce the author and full title of th […]
Page 41 of the MLA Handbook advises writers to first look for the publisher’s name on the title page, so in your works-cited-list entry, use the form found on the title page even if it varies from the form found […]
In its publications, the MLA generally avoids using block quotations in notes. Exceptions would be made for quotations of more than one paragraph or for other extraordinarily long quotations. However, the MLA’s […]
The MLA’s system of documentation relies on in-text references that aim to keep the reader’s focus on the main text. In some cases, however, a bibliographic citation works better in a note than in a par […]
As the MLA Handbook explains, works-cited-list entries in MLA style are structured according to the concept of containers. But it’s often tricky to determine when a work accessed online is contained in another w […]
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