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MLA Citation Guide

Modern Language Association citation and formatting research guide.

In-Text (Parenthetical) Citations

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In-Text Citations - MLA 8th

In-text citations are generally made up of two items: the author’s last name and the page number.

If there isn’t an author, use the first item in the full citation entry.

Place the name of the author (or the first item found in the full citation entry) and the page number in parentheses. Do not include any commas in between the two pieces of information.

Example on an in-text citation found in the body of a project:

“Professor McGonagall’s voice trembled as she went on. “That’s not all. They’re saying he tried to kill the Potter’s son, Harry. But – he couldn’t. He couldn’t kill that little boy. No one knows why, or how, but they’re saying that when he couldn’t kill Harry Potter, Voldemort’s power somehow broke – and that’s why he’s gone.” (Rowling 22)

Book Citation

Q. What is a Citation?

A. A citation is a reference to a work.

Q. Why do I need to cite works in my assignment?

A. You need to cite a work to attribute a quote, idea or any information retrieved from the original author or creator.

Q. What does a book/print citation include?

A. A book/print citation includes:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • Publishing Year
  • City of Publisher