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SPAN 344: Women Writers in Latin America: Body and Text

MLA 8th edition sample papers

Other things to keep in mind while citing

Other things to keep in mind:
1. For this class, you have been asked to include a stable URL to the peer-reviewed journal articles you will use in your Works Cited list. In MLA 8th, a stable URL is always required of journal articles. See the example below:

Piper, Andrew. “Rethinking the Print Object: Goethe and the Book of Everything.” PMLA, vol. 121, no. 1,  Jan. 2006, pp. 124-38. JSTOR,

2. When writing your citations, be aware of the double last names in Spanish. For example, the last name for Gabriel García Márquez is García Márquez.

3. If you are referring to an author or writer in a sentence or as you paraphrase, their name does not have to appear in the parenthetical citation within your text. Please see the section on how to generate parenthetical citations for more information on how to do this.

4. Beware of citation generators within databases and Catalyst. They are not necessarily always correct, and their formatting is often wrong, so copying and pasting citations from the web or a database will likely not be a good idea. For example, novels are always written in italics, while articles, essays, and short stories have quotation marks around the title. Yet, this is an example of a major formatting mistake often found on the web and across some databases.

5. Within your text, refer to authors by their last names, not first names.

6. Remember that for books in translation, the original author always remains the author. The translator is not considered the author and their name should not appear alongside the name of the original author. For example:

García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Translated by Gregory Rabassa, Harper and Row, 1970.