MLA Documentation


MLA Format

Inside the paper, offer parenthetical citations (just authorand page) not only for direct quotations, but also for summarizedand paraphrased material from sources. For example, Brontë’sfriend and biographer claims that Maria Brontë lay sick throughoutthe last seven months of her life (Gaskell 42). Note proper punctuationin citing (no comma, no pg., no pgs, nothing but a space betweenauthor and page!). Note also proper punctuation in quoting directlyand that we speak of events in literature and film in the presenttense: “Art allows Brontë to penetrate her psycheto a depth which not even her dreamlife made manifest” (Keefe120). Interested readers can then easily retrieve full bibliographicinformation by referring to your alphabetized list of worksat the end of the paper. The following list shows correct formatfor books, articles, television shows, films, primary sourcescontained inside edited works, and mostly actual resources forvarious types of literary research.

Works Cited

Abrams, M.H., ed. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 6th ed.Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1993.

Ackroyd, Peter. “The Three Sisters.” New Yorker18 Sept. 1995: 99-104.

Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 1847. NY: Penguin,1966.

“The Brontës.” Literary Women. Narr. Sam Waterston. Time-Life Productions. NBC. KHQ, Spokane. 3 July 1997.

“Charlotte Bronte.” Bronte1. (26 Jan. 1998).

Cowart, David. “Oedipal Dynamics in Jane Eyre.” Literature and Psychology 31 (1981): 33-38.

Churchill, Caryl. Churchill: Plays Two. London: Methuen,1990.

Dooley, Lucile. “Psychoanalysis of Charlotte Brontë,As a Type of the Woman of Genius.” The American Journalof Psychology 31.3 (July 1920): 221-272.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Lost World. 1912. Chicago:Academy Chicago Publishers, 1990.

Gaskell, Elizabeth. The Life of Charlotte Brontë. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1924.

Genesis. In The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Vol.I. NY: W.W. Norton and Co., 1985. 18-21.

Gilman, Perkins. The Yellow Wallpaper. 1892. Alexandria,VA: Orchises Press, 1990.

Jane Eyre. Starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles. TwentiethCentury Fox, 1944.

Keefe, Robert. Charlotte Brontë’s World of Death. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1979.

Leavis, Q.D. Introduction. Jane Eyre. By Charlotte Brontë. NY: Penguin, 1966. 7-29.

Momaday, N. Scott. The Way to Rainy Mountain. Universityof New Mexico Press, 1969.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 1970. NY: Penguin, 1994.

The New English Bible. NY: Oxford University Press, 1972.

“The Popul Vuh.” In Writing About the World. 2nd. ed. by Susan McLeod et al. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Braceand Co., 1995. 491-494.

Rapaport, Herman. “Jane Eyre and the Mot Tabou.” Modern Language Notes 94 (1979): 1093-1104.

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