14 April 2006

Things you always wanted to know about typography, but were afraid to ask—number 162: How do you make those lines that appear in bibliographies instead of the author's name whenever more than one work by them is cited? Suzanne S. Barnhill says it's a three-em dash. And you'll be happy to know that that's broadly consistent with MLA, although in keeping with their staccato aesthetic they favour three hyphens (Gibaldi 153–54). Interestingly, an em dash (—) used to be the length of a typesetter's letter "M"!

Work Cited: Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. 2003.

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