If U.S. Constitution is the first element in the works-cited-list entry, the in-text citation is correct. Spell out ordinal numbers (First Amendment), but use numerals for numbers of count (Amendment V) and, by convention, use Roman numerals for divisions of legal works that use them.
How you cite it will depend on where you access it. Some points: following the MLA template of core elements, your entry will start with the title of the law. This will either be Civil Rights Act or Title 7 (see the discussion of Federal Statutes above for considerations about which title to begin your entry with). Your in-text citation (whether…[Read more]
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 […]
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