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Correct Citation Style (MLA)

b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,168 Senior Member
edited August 2008 in College Life
I am pretty clueless how to correctly list this one book in the "works cited" page in correct MLA style due to the abundance of information given:

Title: The Trial
Author: Kafka, Franz
Original Title: Der Prozess
Translated (from German) by: Willa and Edwin Muir, later revised by E.M. Butler, Introduction added by George Steiner (1992)
First published: 1925 (Publisher: Die Schmiede)
First edition by Schocken Books, New York: 1968
Current edition: 1995 by Schocken Books

Can anyone help me out?
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Replies to: Correct Citation Style (MLA)

  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Registered User Posts: 4,782 Senior Member
    Kafka, Franz. The Trial.[/b] Schocken Books, New York: 1968.

    I may have switched the publisher and the city, but that's how to cite a book. I don't think the translated information is included in MLA format.

    Check out citationmachine.net . It has saved me a lot of heartache when it comes to citations.
  • glucose101glucose101 Registered User Posts: 5,264 Senior Member
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,168 Senior Member
    Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be as easy as that.
    According to Purdue university, the information of who translated it should be included as well as any person other than the author who has made changes (like George Steiner who has added an introduction) and several publications:
    MLA Formatting and Style Guide - The OWL at Purdue
    A Translated Book

    Cite as you would any other book, and add "Trans." followed by the translator's/translators' name(s):

    Foucault, Michel. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Vintage-Random House, 1988.
    Republished Book

    Books may be republished due to popularity without becoming a new edition, which is usually a revision of the original. For these books, insert the original publication date before the publication information.

    Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble. 1990. New York: Routledge, 1999.
    An Edition of a Book

    There are two types of editions in book publishing: a book that has been published more than once in different editions and a book that is prepared by someone other than the author (typically an editor).

    A Subsequent Edition

    Cite the book as you normally would, but add the number of the edition after the title.

    Crowley, Sharon and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2004.

    A Work Prepared by an Editor

    Cite the book as you normally would, but add the editor after the title.

    Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Ed. Margaret Smith. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998.
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Registered User Posts: 3,572 Senior Member
    I love the new Microsoft Office for having the easybib function built in.
  • BP-TheGuy88BP-TheGuy88 Registered User Posts: 1,437 Senior Member
    when writing papers this website has been my best friend - NoodleTools : Sign In

    whether it's mla or apa this will do the work for you. just put in the information. and if there's additional information there is space for it in this site as well. you just put it in and like i said it does the work for you.
  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    OttoBib - Free Automatic Bibliography Generator. Fast! MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian ...does EVERYTHING for you...enter the ISBNs of all your books and...VOILA! It's all done for you! (Unless it's a journal that is...)
  • penhuolong_huopenhuolong_huo Registered User Posts: 33 New Member

    Seriously, I never bothered to learn how to cite mla. Mla is stupid, and it makes no sense for web sources. Hth do I know who wrote that web page, or what the title is, or on which page it's on?! Page down 3 times at different font sizes doesn't mean I'm on page 3 on anyone's computer! Wikipedia or APA citations make more sense.

    I really hate it when profs waste time teaching you how to cite in an arbitary style like MLA instead of teaching you how to improve your rhetoric and writing abilities.
  • lianrilianri User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 450 Member
    Son of Citation Machine is your best friend.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,168 Senior Member
    Thanks everyone!

    I still don't know how to do it correctly but at least I know that no one else knows either :)
  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    Here's the MLA:

    Kafka, Franz. The Trial. New York: Schocken, 1995.

    ...Translater is not necessary, but you can look in the MLA manual of style if you'd like to put it in
  • xchangetakxchangetak Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    How the heck are you supposed to do the parenthetical quotations. Do you put them before or after the quotes? I forgot again.
  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Registered User Posts: 4,782 Senior Member
    "Quote here" (citation here)./?/!/whatever punctuation you need
  • andy2001andy2001 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    This page can give you information on how to cite your works in multiple styles, including MLA: How to Cite - Mahalo. Hope this helps. I know that citations are often the most aggravating part about writing papers.
  • Student615Student615 Registered User Posts: 1,885 Senior Member
    If you happen to lose these links, any google search will turn up the necessary info. Just search for "mla + format" or "parenthetical + citation" or "mla + translator" or whatever it is you need and you shouldn't have too much trouble.
  • jack4640jack4640 - Posts: 1,020 Member
    It's pretty important to know MLA format, you'll have a professor who's picky about it eventually and it's good to be educated on proper formatting in general.

    The web resources are all great, but I really like the book version. As far as desk references for research papers go, it's unbeatable, and it's been thoroughly updated for web sources.
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