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Notes on MLA Style

A note on punctuation and spacing: prior to the advent of computers, the standard was to place two spaces after periods (and other ending punctuation) and one space after commas, colons, and semicolons.  It is now acceptable to use either one or two spaces after periods, as noted at the MLA's website.  

A note on italicization and underlining: whichever you choose, it makes logical sense to be consistent. Don't italicize in one entry and underline in the next.  Your instructor may also have a preference here.  Also, if you're publishing work on the internet, realize that underlined text could be confused with linked text.

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Created: 06/27/2000
Last Modified: 09/25/2002