In building citations, the information you provide should be relevant to a specific source.

For your work to be flexible, choose the correct citation depending on the type of format and the available informationYou also need the citation of plays when you do not have the source of informationUsing information from other sources for citing includes the following: paraphrased information, direct quotations, and summarized ideas.

How to Cite a Play in APA

The American Psychological Association set up the APA styling system guidelines. The APA style formatting is useful to social science subjects such as sociology and other disciplines. When citing a play with APA, there are diverse necessities for citation for references page and in text.

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  1. In-text

Here, use year of publication and the author’s last name with a comma in between- at the start of your citation. If the work had another language translation, like Shakespeare’s old versioned English, use “trans” before the date. At the end of the citation, put the scene, line numbers, and act instead of the page numbers- the numbers should be Arabic and between include periods.

For plays in poetry forms, insert splash to show line breaks. Remember to use punctuation properly. Note that, after a citation is when the end period appears. Even though in a quote, the end quotation marks come before parentheses.

  1. References

The author’s name should start; the last name comes first, then the first initials and then a period. Next in the parentheses, put the translation date (publication) and a period. The play’s title should be written with no specific formatting like the italic style or quotation marks. Only the first word of the play’s title should be capitalized and any other proper nouns within the title.

The publication information should come last after the play’s title, with no periods or any other punctuation marks. Next is to put the editor’s name in the parentheses then a period. The publication city follows with a colon, then the publishing company, and a period in the end.

How to Cite a Play in MLA

The MLA parenthetical citation of a play with numbered lines should consist of the author’s name, act, scene, and line numbers. Incase numbers are not numbered; the page number should be written instead. In case you are quoting dialogue, take in the name of characters in capitals then a period and remember to take note of indentation.

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  1. In-text

The MLA citation of in-text should include the last name of the author and the page number. In example (Shakespeare 8). If the play text has line numbers, use scene, act, and line numbers instead of the page numbers, a period separating them.

  1. Quoting Dialogue from a Play

To quote numerous lines of dialogue from a play:

  • Your dialogue to start with the name of characters capitalized and then a period.
  • A new line should have a quote, indented from the left margin, a half inches.
  • In case the character’s dialogue surpasses one line, successive mark lines half an inch further.
  • After a punctuation mark, the citation should come at the end.
  1. MLA Play Work Cited List

This is the full reference list of sources found in the text or play. In a play, its references look different depending on the publication, whether it was published as a collection or anthology, performed live, or a whole book.

  1. Anthology Or Collection

If the play’s publication is a collection or anthology, citation follows the following format, the author’s surname followed by his first name then a period. The title of the play comes next then a period. Next on the parentheses is the anthology title, the editor’s name, the publisher, year of publication, the page number, and, finally, a period in the end.

  1. Live Performance

When citing live performance in MLA, start with the first name of the author then the author’s surname and a period. A period after the title of the play, the director’s first name and then his surname, the date of the performance, theatre, the performance city, and then a period. Lastly is the performance and end with a period.

  1. Book

In case of publication of the play as a one stand book, its citation is the standard MLA book citation. The citation format starts with the author’s surname, the author’s first name, and then a period. The play title is followed by a period, the publisher, year of publication, and a period in the end.

How to Cite a Play in the Text

When citing a prose play, first include the page number and a semicolon, followed by other useful information. In citing the play verses that have line numbers, use them instead of page numbers and separate them with a period.

How to Cite a Play in an Essay

When writing about one play, the author’s last name should be used in the parenthetical citation. Nonetheless, writing more than one work is best to use the title of the play.

How to Cite a Play in Chicago

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When using the Chicago book citation, it is best to know the play type before the citation. There are different play types like:

  1. Stand-Alone Play

When citing, start with the last name of the author, with that done, add his first name and then a full stop. As you continue with the citation, add the title of the book followed by a period. Then area of publication, the publisher’s name plus the year of publication. Finally, add a period at the end.

  1. Play With Anthology

Using the Chicago manual citation, the author’s last name starts, a period, the title of the play: in tittle book, name of the editor, page number a period. Place of publication, the name of the publisher, the year of publication, and then a period.

How to Cite a Play Quote

When citing specific play quotations using MLA style, the quotation should be in quotation marks. The end should have the parenthetical citation of the author’s name, the title of the play, the act, or page for the prose play and scene or act if it is for a verse in a play.

In summary, whatever format you are using for your citation, remember when citing, all the character’s names should be in capital letters. Also, make proper use of punctuation marks when citations of your text quote. If it is in a dialogue play and a new act starts, remember to add what act it is- If it is act two or three. That is much helpful.

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