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SPAN 461 Seminar in Hispanic Studies - Dr Roshawnda Derrick: Spanish MLA Citation Style

Spanish in Contact with Other Languages

Spanish Last Names

MLA and Spanish Language Names (MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition

(3.8.4, pp. 110-12)

The Spanish de is not used before the last name when it stands alone.

example: Zayas, Maria de (María de Zayas)

The Spanish word del is formed from the combination of the preposition de and the definite article el. It is capitalized and used with the last name alone.

Examples: Del Aguila, Rafael Del Pino, Jose Manuel

A Spanish surname traditionally includes both the paternal name and the maternal name, with or without the conjunction y. The paternal name is usually first, the maternal name usually second. The surname of a married woman traditionally includes her paternal surname and her husband’s paternal surname, connected by de. Alphabetize Spanish names by the full surnames.

A biographical dictionary may provide assistance in distinguishing surnames and given names. Persons commonly known by the maternal portions of their surnames, such as Galdós and Lorca, should be alphabetized by their full surnames in the Works Cited list (example: García Lorca, Federico). MLA recommends consulting a biographical dictionary for assistance in sorting out surnames and given names.

Spanish Captalization MLA Citation Style


In a title or a subtitle, capitalize only the first word and works normally capitalized.


Extremos de America

Breve historia del ensayo hispanoamericano