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ENG 380.07 (Re)telling Fairy Tales

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Watch out for variant spellings of names of works, characters, etc.

In MLA and other databases, frequently English-language articles use the orignal language name for a work. Example: Nibelungenlied instead of The Song of the Nibelungs.

Use a * to cut off a word at its stem, e.g. Rumpelstil* will retrieve Rumpelstilzchen or Rumpelstiltskin

Type the word AND (or use the second row) if you want to enter more than one word that is not an exact phrase.

If you can't use a star to search for spelling variants, use OR
(brier or briar) and rose

A truly comprehensive search for this family of works would be

(brier or briar) and rose
Dornröschen or "Belle au bois dormant" or "sleeping beauty"

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MLA Information

MLA (Modern Language Association) style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.

  • As with any citation stystem using it correctly protects the writer from accusations of plagiarism. Proper citation builds credibility to the paper by demonstrating accountability to source material.

    If you are asked to use MLA format, be sure to consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (9th edition).

This link will help you cite sources in MLA:

MLA instructions from Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) - 9th ed.