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How would I properly cite a quote from Bertrand Russell in an MLA formatted paper?

Asked by Waffle (248points) February 17th, 2009

I’m writing a paper on contact zones and would like to quote Bertrand Russell in his statement “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” How would I got about properly writing my citation and what would be written on the citation page at the end of the essay.

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

By using easybib!!! It’s so easy (and so free)! You will love it, I promise.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Oh, okay. I just read through your entire question. What easybib spits out is going to be what you’ll use in your Works Cited (aka your bibliography). What you’re going to write in your actual paper is the following:

Blah blah, this is my paper. Now I shall cite a source, “War does not determine who is right – only who is left” (Russell 23). If I desire to cite this source again, but for example a quote from the next page, I shall write, “I am Bertrand Russell, bad-ass mo-fo. Do not F* with me!” (24). Now view my spectacular analysis of these wondrous quotes.

To sum up:

If you quote the same work two or more times in a row, you don’t put their name again after the first time.

If there is punctuation at the end of your quote: periods go outside the quotation marks; exclamation and question marks, inside.

MrsWho’s answer just popped up, and made me realize I need the disclaimer that I was working under the assumption that you were citing it directly from the book. If you’re citing a source inside of a different source, things get more tricky, and her links are probably going to be useful to you.

PS I also assumed that your quote was on page 23, a number that I made up. You’re probably going to want to change that to whatever page it’s actually on.

Waffle's avatar

Cool, thanks guys.

Sooner_Coolkat's avatar

I have to write papers in APA and I use a program called APA Perrla instead of really learning APA. To me it’s useless information. Perrla is basically a plugin for Word. There should be something similar for MLA but easybib looks very useful.

Likeradar's avatar

Noodletools is pretty good.

90s_kid's avatar

I say, also. Or, if you want to make another account haha.

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