In-line Parenthetical Citation for MLA


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What does this mean?

If the author’s name is included in the sentence that contains his exact words (within quotation marks) the only information given at the end of the sentence within parentheses will be the page number where his quote can be found.

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If the quote is included in your sentence, but the author’s name is not given in the sentence, put it within parentheses at the end of the sentence. Do not separate the author’s name and the page number with a comma. Do not put a period at the end of the sentence– put it after the parentheses. Look at the example below.

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Be sure to include the precise document that you drew the quote from on your Works Cited page.

Here is a good example of an MLA paper.

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Write a short paper on the topic of your choice using at least two sources.

2. Use the MLA style format.

3. Include direct quotes.

4. Use parenthetical citations.

5. Include a Works Cited page.

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