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When I was in the ninth grade and assigned my very first “term paper,” our English teacher, Mrs. Chance, introduced us to the MLA Stylesheet. Here, in one easy pamphlet (it grew to book length over the years) were all of the RULES. And I loved rules. My index cards were perfectly populated with my …

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The Authority Speaks

For every thorny stylistic question I have, my go-to authority: The Chicago Manual of Style. No disappointment–see sections 2.9 and 2.11.