You may not know how to cite the act, verse, and line numbers, rather than the page numbers in Shakespeare’s work.To follow the style, you will need to format any quotes from Shakespeare in the text and use in-text citations.At the end of your paper you should cite Shakespeare.You can get the citations right with just a few steps, whether you are citing Shakespeare in a paper for class or an essay for a reading assignment.
Step 1: In quotation marks, put a single line of verse.
If you only cite one line of verse from a work by Shakespeare, use quotation marks around the line.It’s important to include all of the punctuation in the quotation marks.You can say that Prospero feels doomed by his decision.
Step 2: When quoting a few lines of verse, use slashes.
If you are using a quote with more than one line of verse, separate each line with a slash.The reader will be able to understand the verse on separate lines.There is no need to put a space on either side of the slash.Prospero refers to the temporality of life in the play, noting: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on/and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
Step 3: Set more than 3 lines of verse.
If you are including a longer quotation from the play that spans 3 or more lines, you should start it on a new line.Don’t use quotations around the quote.You could write, “The character tries to soothe with a song that describes fear as fleeting: Full fathom five Thou father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes, but doth suffer a sea.”I hear them now.
Step 4: Block quotes are used to quote dialogue.
The block quote should be applied from the left margin.The dialogue should begin with the character’s name in capital letters.The quotation should be followed by a period after the character’s name.The character is 4 inch (0.64 cm) from the left margin.Don’t use quotation marks when the dialogue shifts to a new character.The play’s first moment of betrayal involves two characters abandoning their authority figure.Let’s sink with the king.Let’s take a break from him.
Step 5: Place parentheses at the end of the quote.
If you cite 3 or more lines of text in a block quote, in-text citations should always appear at the end of the quotation in parentheses.After the last line of the block quote, the quotation should appear.You could write, “Prospero feels doomed by his decision, stating thatHell is empty and all the devils are here.”The play’s first moment of betrayal involves two characters abandoning their authority figure.Let’s sink with the king.Let’s take a break from him.It was 1.1.4-5.
Step 6: The title of the play should be italicized.
The title of the play is what you should start the citation with.The title of the play should be abbreviated and the abbreviation italicized.A complete list of abbreviations for the titles of Shakespeare’s plays can be found at internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Foyer/guidelines/abbreviations/.You don’t need to include an abbreviation of the title in subsequent citations if you only discuss one play by Shakespeare in your paper.A good example of foreshadowing is spoken by the second witch when she says, “by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”If you have already referred to the play once, you leave the “Mac” out of the citation, using just the numbers.
Step 7: The act, scene and line numbers are separated by periods.
To note these details, use numbers rather than Roman numerals.You don’t need to include the words “act,” “scene,” or “line” in the citation.If the quotation spans more than one line, use a dash between the line numbers.You could write, “A good example of foreshadowing is said by the second witch, ‘by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.'”Act 4 scene 1 lines 57-58 is where the quotation comes from.
Step 8: The play is referred to in a sentence with a citation.
If you want to refer to the act and scene of the quotation in a sentence, use numbers instead of Roman numerals.You don’t need to include the words “act” or “scene” when referring to the quotation.In 4.1, the second witch provides a few lines of foreshadowing.
Step 9: The author and title are important.
Shakespeare, William, is the author’s first name.The full title of the play is in italics.The author and title should be separated.You can write, “Shakespeare, William”.The story of The Tempest.
Step 10: The editor’s name should be included.
Look for the name of the editor in the text.It is usually on the back of the title page.Write the name of the editor.If there are several, include more than one editor.You can write, “Ed.”Either Tucker Brooke or Ed.They were John Keene and Lawrence Mason.
Step 11: There is information about the publisher.
The name of the publisher, the year of publication, and the city where the text was published should be noted.You can write, “New Haven, Yale University Press, 1947.”
Step 12: The medium of the play is important.
If you accessed the play in print form, write “Print” on it.If you accessed the play online, use the web.The complete citation would be: William.There is a poem called The Tempest.Ed.Tucker Brooke.Yale University Press was published in New Haven in 1947.Print.
Step 13: If your citations are from the editor’s work, you should first mention his name.
The editor’s name should be included in your citation if you used his notes or decisions for most of your quotes.The publisher information needs to be included.You can write, “Furness, Horace Howard, ed.”There is a poem called The Tempest.By William Shakespeare.New York, in 1964.Print.
Step 14: If you are citing an anthology, please include additional information.
Make sure you cite the play properly if you are looking at it from an anthology or collection of Shakespeare’s plays.The editor and publisher information will need to be included in the citation.You should include page numbers as well.You would write “Shakespeare, William” if you were citing an anthology.There is a person named Macbeth.The Shakespeare plays in the area.Ed.G. Evans.Boston, Houghton Mifflin.The year was 1306.You would note the volume number if you accessed an anthology with more than one volume.As you like it.The book is a collection of Shakespeare’s works.Ed.A. L. Rowse.There is a new edition of Vol.1.Potter was born in New York.334-89.Print.