# MLA citation style citing two works by the same author

I have been trying to find an answer to this question for days now. Can the following be right?

bib:

 \begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@book{Dilthey81,
Author = {Dilthey, Wilhelm},
Date-Modified = {2017-02-02 22:25:14 +0000},
Publisher = {Suhrkamp},
Title = {{Der Aufbau der geschichtlichen Welt in den Geisteswissenschaften}},
Year = {[1910] 1981}}
}
@book{Dilthey90,
Author = {Dilthey, Wilhelm},
Date-Modified = {2017-02-03 11:03:37 +0000},
Edition = {Gesammelte Schriften. Band 1},
Publisher = {Vandenhoeck \& Ruprecht},
Title = {{Einleitung in die Geisteswissenschaft: Versuch einer Grundlegung f{\"u}r das Studium der Gesellschaft und der Geschichte}},
Year = {[1883] 1990}}
}
Address = {London/New York et. al.},
Date-Modified = {2017-02-02 22:27:20 +0000},
Publisher = {Bloomsbury Publishing},
Title = {{Truth and Method}},
Year = {[1960] 2004}}
}
\end{filecontents}


main:

\documentclass[a4paper,oneside,BCOR=3mm,12pt,titlepage]{scrreprt}
\KOMAoptions{DIV=calc}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage[polutonikogreek,ngerman,english]{babel}
\usepackage[maxlevel=3,autostyle,german=guillemets]{csquotes}

\usepackage[sfdefault]{ClearSans}
\usepackage[style=mla]{biblatex}
\bibliography{\jobname.bib}

\DeclareMultiCiteCommand{\parencites}[\mkbibparens]{\parencite}{\multicitedelim}

\begin{document}

\end{document}


I know I am using the MLA style, but I couldn't find a reference for the case when you cite two works by the same author. It just looks so strange.

• Is this really a LaTeX question or simply a question about what the MLA style requires? If it's the latter, I think this isn't the place to ask (not to mention that there are relatively few MLA style users here, I suspect.) – Alan Munn Feb 16 '17 at 21:40
• I would like to know if that's really MLA style and if I could somehow "suppress" the output. It looks so strange when you see both title in the main body of text. – user124801 Feb 16 '17 at 22:57

The reason your output looks so weird is because the full title appears, but in author-title type citation schemes such as MLA, it is usual to use a shortened version of the title for citation purposes. To do this, you need to add a shorttitle field to your bib entries for these works.

Also, your year fields are incorrect since you've included the original publication date [ ... ] within the year field. This is incorrect. Instead, you should use the origdate field. The biblatex-mla style will then format the dates correctly in the bibliography.

Here's your full examples with the relevant fields added to your .bib entries.

 \begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@book{Dilthey81,
Author = {Dilthey, Wilhelm},
Date-Modified = {2017-02-02 22:25:14 +0000},
Publisher = {Suhrkamp},
Title = {{Der Aufbau der geschichtlichen Welt in den Geisteswissenschaften}},
Shorttitle = {Aufbau},
Origdate = {1910},
Year = {1981}
}
@book{Dilthey90,
Author = {Dilthey, Wilhelm},
Date-Modified = {2017-02-03 11:03:37 +0000},
Edition = {Gesammelte Schriften. Band 1},
Publisher = {Vandenhoeck \& Ruprecht},
Title = {{Einleitung in die Geisteswissenschaft: Versuch einer Grundlegung f{\"u}r das Studium der Gesellschaft und der Geschichte}},
Shorttitle={Einleitung},
Origdate={1883},
Year = {1990}
}
Address = {London/New York et. al.},
Date-Modified = {2017-02-02 22:27:20 +0000},
Publisher = {Bloomsbury Publishing},
Title = {{Truth and Method}},
Origdate = {1960},
Year = {2004}
}
\end{filecontents}
\documentclass[a4paper,oneside,BCOR=3mm,12pt,titlepage]{scrartcl}
\KOMAoptions{DIV=calc}

\usepackage[polutonikogreek,ngerman,english]{babel}
\usepackage[maxlevel=3,autostyle,german=guillemets]{csquotes}

\usepackage[style=mla]{biblatex}
\DeclareMultiCiteCommand{\parencites}[\mkbibparens]{\parencite}{\multicitedelim}