The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook , while suitable for writers at all levels, is designed with teaching students in mind. It explains the principles behind citing sources, provides instruction on the MLA’s system of documenting sources, and offers detailed guidelines on the mechanics of scholarly prose. The handbook includes guidelines on plagiarism and academic dishonesty, tips on evaluating sources, and a worksheet for creating works-cited-list entries. The eighth edition’s system of documentation supersedes the guidelines set out in the seventh edition and in the MLA Style Manual .
One of the features of plays is that multiple characters speak to each other in dramatic form. If you quote two characters speaking to each other this way in your paper, it is formatted as a block quote. Include a blank line between the body of your paper and the first line of your quote. When dialogue switches characters, include a blank line between each character's lines. Each line in the block quote must be indented 1 inch from your the rest of your paper's text, and if a character's speech runs more than one line, each additional line is indented an additional 1/4-inch. The names of characters are written in full caps -- don't forget to include an in-text citation after the quote. This quote is from Aristophanes's "The Birds":