MLA Format Author’s last name, first name. Title, translated or edited by first name last name, publisher, year published, page numbers. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet , edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22. Author’s last name, first initial. (Year published). Title. Shakespeare, W. (1996). Hamlet .
Citing Dialogue “If you quote dialogue between two or more characters in a play, set the quotation off from your text. Begin each part of the dialogue with the appropriate character’s name indented one inch (ten spaces) from the left margin and written in all capital letters (e.g.: HAMLET ).
When citing Shakespeare plays, list the ACT, SCENE, and LINES in parenthetical citations (page numbers are NOT included), separated by periods. Enclose the citation in parentheses. For example: (Macbeth 1.3.
If you quote something a character says, use double quotation marks on the outside ends of the quotation to indicate that you are quoting a portion of the text. Use single quotation marks inside the double quotation marks to indicate that someone is speaking. “‘Thou art not my child! Thou art no Pearl of mine!’
If you come across the phrase “to be or not to be ” and use it in your paper, you have to cite it.
When citing a play with numbered lines, the MLA parenthetical citation should include the author name and the act, scene and line number(s). Book.
|Format||Author surname, Author first name. Play Title. Publisher, year of publication.|
|Example||Friel, Brian. Translations. Faber & Faber, 1981.|
Use quotation marks only for the start and end of the quote . If a person speaks for more than one paragraph you: Put quotation marks before their first word. Don’t put a quotation mark at the end of that paragraph if they are still speaking without interruption in the next paragraph.
The rule: Indicate that you have skipped material within a quote by placing three periods (an ellipsis) in place of the missing material. Do not place an ellipsis at the beginning or end of a quote , ever: only to indicate skipped material in the middle of a quote .
Structure: Play author. “Play Title.” Title of book, author(s) or editor(s), publisher, year of publication, page number(s). Example: Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet .
When citing prose plays , use the page number first, followed by a semicolon and then other identifying information (e.g. Miller 9; Act 1). When citing verse plays with line numbers provided, use those instead of page numbers, separating division numbers with a period (see example above).
Use the line number from the edition you are using. Typically these are printed in the margin. If you’re using an edition without line numbers, then don’t make them up, just use the act and scene numbers.
How to Quote a Quote ? In American English, use double quotation marks for quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. In British English, use single quotation marks for quotations and double quotation marks for quotations within quotations.
To quote a movie in MLA, just write its name in the brackets. Be advised to include the quotes from a movie in quotation marks if you’re taking it word-by-word. For the work cited listing mention the director of the film and the studio, plus the year and the format. The Amazing Spider-Man.
Example : She said, “People who say ‘Let me be honest with you’ seldom are.” • Use quotation marks when quoting a specific word or phrase. Example : One engineer called the company’s drug-testing program “a paranoid reaction.” Note: Each speaker’s actions are in the same paragraph as his or her dialogue .
Quoting Someone’s Exact Words “I prefer my cherries chocolate covered,” joked Alyssa. “I have wanted to buy my own truck for a long time,” said Jordan. “I have been saving money for two years. “I guess I should start saving money, then,” replied Jordan, “if I am ever going to buy one.”