From the Suggestion Box: Changes Suggested for the MLA Citation Guide


You Said:

Your guidelines on quoting and paraphrasing (the page found here: ) do not mention that one should maintain double-spacing in block quotes of poetry as well as prose, nor do you clearly indicate how one should use block quotes in general (introduced with a colon, the parenthetical citation coming after the final punctuation, how to handle multiple paragraphs, et cetera).

Just thought I’d point it out, since it could be misleading or at least confusing, especially since all your examples are shown single-spaced.

We Said:

Thank you for your suggestion. I had a look at that page and can see where we can make some improvements to improve clarity. The librarians will be discussing your specific points to figure out how best to explain and show this on the guide – watch for changes in the next term!


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