Night Project- How to
Effectively Use Quotation Marks- M.L.A. Style
quoting the book be sure to use quotation marks around the text you find
compelling and follow it with the author’s last name and page number in
parenthesis, and an end mark of punctuation after the end of the parenthesis.
“A little more and the man would have killed him” (Wiesel 28).
Note: If all of your quotes
are from a single author, you need to list his or her last name followed by the
page number inside parentheses. The
end mark goes outside of the parentheses to indicate the citation is over.
The rest of the quotes will not need to include the author’s last name
because it was already introduced and would look too repetitive.
In short, this simplified method is easier.
selection is already in quotes, use a single quote instead.
On a computer this is the apostrophe key.
‘Fool, listen to what I say’ (28).
want to omit part of the sentence in your quote, use an ellipsis.
That is three dots only. This
will save you in the case of a divided quotation where the attribute in in the
middle of a sentence.
‘But I am not…Fifteen’ (28).
didn’t use the ellipsis, the quote would read as the following:
‘But I am not’ “I said.” ‘Fifteen’ (28). Doesn’t this look too confusing?