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MLA: In-Text Citations

In-text (or parenthetical) citations are brief citations found after a direct quote or a paraphrase. They are located in the body of your work. For additional help formatting your paper, visit the College of DuPage Writing Assistance Area in SRC 2102.

Parenthetical Citations

In-text citations are placed in parentheses, and have two components:

  • The first word found in the full citation on the Works Cited page (usually the last name of the author)
  • The location of the direct quote or paraphrase (usually a page number)

In-text citations should be placed directly after the direct quote or paraphrase, or in a place that is a natural pause and does not cause the reader to become distracted while reading the body of your work.

Example:

In order to prevent starvation, Watney knew exactly what he needed to do: “My best bet for making calories is potatoes” (Weir 17).

When using the author’s name in the sentence, only include the page number in the parentheses.

Example:

  • Seuss’s use of words such as, “lurk” and “dank” help students understand the type of character that the Once-ler is (6).
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