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    MLA citation question

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Steerpike, Apr 4, 2016.

    I'm looking over an essay for my daughter. It's MLA-format, so that requires in-text citations. What I can't find out online (conflicting answers) is whether id. is used when there is a citation that is the same as the immediately prior citation, or whether you use the full citation again. Anyone know what MLA requires?
     
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    I've never seen id. or ibid. used with MLA. That's just my recollection and not an authoritative answer, and most of my academic career was in disciplines that use Chicago/Turabian. But FWIW.
     
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    Thanks @Robert Musil. Would you just include the full cite for every place it may be needed (for example, a quote from the work), or since there are multiple quotes in a row coming from the same source, it is sufficient to just cite once since the origin is clear from the text?
     
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    I don't use MLA either, but that would be crazy to provide the same reference multiple times for a string of quotes all coming from the same reference.
     
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    Yes, it seems unwieldy. But there is non-quoted text interspersed between the quotes.
     
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    Myself, I'd probably put a citation after every quote or paraphrase, just to be safe. I believe MLA allows you to put just the page number in the citation, if the author is stated elsewhere in the sentence, i.e "Robertson says '...' (173), but then she goes on to say '...' (174) "
     
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    After the first in-text citation, you have to include only the page number for the second citation and beyond if they come right after each other. So Robert Musil's previous post is correct and the only way I know how to handle this case.
     
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    Thanks, guys. Unfortunately, this citation is to a web article, so there are no page numbers :)
     

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