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You can cite the information on this website using the MLA format or the APA format (as they are described by Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab) or other formats. If you’re citing photos, check our photo-credit page.

Assuming you’re using the latest MLA format, here is a way to proceed:

First list the author.

You’ll notice that some passages on some pages of this website include an author’s name, but some do not.

If the passage you’re citing does include an author’s name, begin by listing that name. For example, in citing the entry in “What critics and scholars say about ‘The Story of an Hour'” in which Chopin’s recent biographer Emily Toth describes the publication of the story in Vogue, list the author, Emily Toth.

If the passage you’re citing does not include an author’s name, begin by listing the general editor, Bernard Koloski (who deals with most general information on the site). For example, in citing the question in “Questions and answers about “The Story of an Hour'” in which a reader asks why there are two versions of an important sentence in the story–and in which no author is mentioned–list the general editor, Bernard Koloski. You can learn more about the editors of this website on the Authors and Editors page.

Then list the title of the article (the title of the page on the site where you found the information) as it appears in the red banner at the top of the page (for example, “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.'”).

List the title of this website (the container) as it appears at the top left of the page:

List the publisher (the sponsor) of the site as the Kate Chopin International Society.

List the URL of the page you are citing (the website address, but without its https://).

Finally, list the date you accessed this website.

A sample citation as it would look in the MLA format:

Toth, Emily. “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.'”, Kate Chopin International Society. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

A sample citation as it would look in the APA format:

Toth, Emily. (2020). “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.'” Retrieved from

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But if you’re a student, please understand that as a group of teachers, scholars, and other professionals, we do not want to position ourselves between you and your instructor. So we cannot help you with questions or assignments designed to teach you to think independently about what you’re reading.