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MLA Writing Style


Italics in prose are used to indicate when emphasis is being used, or when words and letters are used to refer to other words and letters. As a general rule, use italics for emphasis sparingly.

Words and phrases referred to as words:

     Ex.: The word albatross probably derives from the Spanish and Portuguese word alcatraz.

Letters referred to as letters:

     Ex.: Shaw spelled Shakespeare without the e. 

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