## Can you use parentheses in MLA format?

Yes, pages 71-72 of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers indicates that parentheses are fine to use in an MLA paper.

## Do periods go inside or outside parentheses MLA?

At the end of the quote put the period after the last word of the sentence followed by the parentheses. **Note that the punctuation for the sentence goes AFTER the parenthesis. Please see the following handbook on reserve in the Library for more information: MLA Handbook.

## Is it OK to put parentheses inside parentheses?

Use brackets inside parentheses to create a double enclosure in the text. Avoid parentheses within parentheses, or nested parentheses. Correct: (We also administered the Beck Depression Inventory [BDI; Beck, Steer, & Garbin, 1988], but those results are not reported here.)

## What is the order of parentheses?

In the United States, the acronym PEMDAS is common. It stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction. PEMDAS is often expanded to the mnemonic “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”.

## What comes first multiplication or division?

Order of operations tells you to perform multiplication and division first, working from left to right, before doing addition and subtraction. Continue to perform multiplication and division from left to right. Next, add and subtract from left to right.

## Is Bodmas and Pemdas the same?

PEMDAS and BODMAS are exactly identical; they are different names for the exact same set of rules. In BODMAS you do not always do “division before multiplication”, nor in PEMDAS do you always do “multiplication before division”.