MLA In-Text Citations
MLA Citations in the Body of Your Paper
MLA citations follow specific conventions that distinguish them from other styles. In-text citations are also sometimes known as “parenthetical citations” because they are enclosed in parentheses. The author’s last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in parentheses at the end of the sentence.
If you use the name of the author to set up your quote or parphrase, you mention the author’s name in the sentence and then put the page number only in the parentheses at the end of the sentence.
If you need to cite more than one source in your in-text citation, you should use a semicolon to separate the sources.
It’s important to remember, in MLA style, each citation in your text must have a complete bibliographic entry in your Works Cited page, so, if readers want to go to the original source, they can!
The examples above are just a few of the most common examples of in-text citations in MLA style. The interactive PDF below provides more detailed information about in-text citing in MLA. Just click on the image below. In some browsers, you may need to download or save this file to be able to utilize all of its functionality.