Date of publication: 2017-08-25 16:28
If you quote two or more paragraphs, indent the first line of each paragraph an additional &frac69 inch. However, if the first sentence quoted does not begin a paragraph in the source, do not indent it the additional amount, only indent the subsequent paragraphs. Here is an example where the first sentence is the beginning of a paragraph:
7. To emphasize a passage you may italicize, bold, or underline it, but you must add (italics mine) or (emphasis added) in parentheses after the passage emphasized, ., "My job is the best job (italics mine) there is" (Gates 697). Or, "My job is the best job (emphasis added) there is" (Gates 697).
Direct quotations should stay a small part of your research paper. Paraphrasing and summarizing information into your words is a larger part of including information from your sources. Understanding [URL]direct quotations versus indirect quotations[/writing-resources/punctuation/direct-versus-indirect-quotations] is important in presenting information.
In his poem “The Sphinx,” Ralph Waldo Emerson personifies the sphinx as many different pieces of nature, and this shows the transcendental ideals Emerson often touted.
8. If you are quoting 8 or more lines of verse but want to omit one or more full lines, indicate the omission by a single line of spaced dots across the page, enclosed in square brackets, .,
Short direct quotations include prose that is no more than four lines or verse that is no more than three lines. To format these correctly in MLA format, there are a few rules you must follow.
Provide the same information as you would for a printed journal article and add the name of the database in italics , and include the URL or doi to the article.
Long direct quotations consists of quotations that are longer than four lines of prose or three lines of verse, and the MLA format dictates how these are presented.
Breaks are notated with a “/,” and a space appears before and after the slash mark. In addition, the line of the verse is used instead of a page number for the parenthetical citation (unless the poem is quoted in a secondary source). Keep the capitalization of each line of verse intact after the slash mark.
As with films, videorecordings and DVDs, elements can be ordered in different ways depending on what you want to emphasize. Here is how citations are structured if no particular contributor is being emphasized:
6. If there is an obvious error in the quoted passage, add (sic) (Latin meaning "thus") after the error, ., "The theraputic (sic) remarks upset the patient immensely" (Morley 79).
In the in-text citation, Measure show's the play's title, 8 is the act number, 6 the scene number, and 7-8 the lines on which the quote appears. Note that each item in the play's division is separated by periods. If you're quoting a play that does not have scenes or lines, include the act, and note it as such, so it is not confused with a page number. For example, Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 has no scenes, so you might cite it as follows:
With in-text citations, you acknowledge a source by providing a brief reference to exactly where in the source you found the information. The reader can then use the complete reference listed in the Works Cited page at the end of your paper to verify what you have written. Further examples and explanations are available in the MLA Handbook .
Greek plays are divided into named subsections, such as episodes and strophes -- the name of each subsection should be included when citing a Greek play. In this case p 775 rodos is the choral section including the quote.