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MLA In-text Citations

Ms. Hooper's Basic Info and Tips on In-Text Citations:

  • What's included in the parentheses?:  (Author's Last Name page number)
    • Example:  (Jones 35)
  • Parentheses belong at the end of the sentence, but BEFORE the period.
    • Example:  Ms. Hooper is happy to answer any questions about citations (Jones 35).
  • If you state the author's name in the sentence, you will simply put the page in parentheses at the end of the sentence.
    • Example:  According to Jones, Ms. Hooper is happy to answer any questions about citations (35).
  • If there is no author, use the title.
    • Titles of short works (like an article) are in quotations; titles of longer works (like plays, books, television shows, entire web sites) are in italics.
    • Example (short work):  Ms. Hooper is happy to answer any questions about citations ("Using APA" 98).
    • Example (long work):  Ms. Hooper is happy to answer any questions about citations (Using MLA 76).
    • TIP:  If the title is super long, only use the first 4-5 words in the title.
  • If there is no page, don't put anything for page.
    • Example:  (Jones)
    • Example: (Using MLA)
  • TIP:  The first part of your in-text citation should simply be the first word(s) in your full citation up until the first punctuation mark.
    • Example:  If this is my citation (no author or page):
      • "The Impact of Global Warming." Global Warming: Early Signs. 1999. Web. 23 Mar. 2009.
      • Then my in-text citation is:  ("The Impact of Global Warming").
    • Example:  If this is my citation (author and I do know page number):
      • Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method. Berkeley: U of California P, 1966.
      • Then my in-text citation is: (Burke 3).

 

If you have further questions beyond the basics listed above, please use the link below.  That should be able to answer any and all questions on in-text citations in MLA style.

In-Text Citations:  The Basics

 

General Citation Help

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