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A few days ago, I posted a question about citing from a book jacket.
Here is the MLA response, for those of you who were interested:

> In your works-cited list, create an ordinary entry for the book, without
> any reference to the book jacket.
> Then, when you borrow from the jacket, either mention it in your text,
> using any wording that is natural, or refer to the jacket in the
> parenthetical citation.  Below are examples of these two ways.  The source
> is a quotation by Walt Whitman (I've used the underline symbol here to
> indicate the start and end of underlining):
>      According to the book jacket on an edition of his _Leaves of
>      Grass_, Walt Whitman said that his poetry was "[quotation]."
> Or:
>      Walt Whitman said that his poetry was "[quotation]"
>      (qtd. on book jacket of Whitman, _Leaves_).
> In the works-cited list, there will be an entry like this:
>      Whitman, Walt. _Leaves of Grass_. New York: Acme, 1977.
> The abbreviation "qtd." means "quoted" (see sec. 6.4 in the _MLA Handbook_,
> 5th ed.).  I would not bother distinguishing the flaps and back cover.  A
> book jacket is not that big.  I would just say that anything printed on it
> is on the jacket.

Dawn Lindgren, Library Media Specialist
Sayreville War Memorial High School, Parlin, NJ

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