The Basics of MLA In-text Citations | Scribbr 🎓

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Are you supposed to cite your sources in MLA style?

Then you need to keep watching!

In this video, you’ll learn what to include in an MLA in-text citation, where to place

it in a sentence, and how to deal with missing information.

Hi, I’m Jessica from Scribbr, here to help you achieve your academic goals.

An in-text citation is a concise way to identify the source of certain information.

You should include an in-text citation every time you paraphrase or quote from a source.

It helps the readers to locate the corresponding entry in the reference list at the end of

your paper.

The in-text citation consists of the author’s last name and the page number (or page range).

Yep, easy as that!

Now, you can integrate the in-text citation in a sentence using a parenthetical or narrative


Place the parenthetical citation directly after the relevant quote or paraphrase, and

before the period or other punctuation mark.

If you have already named the author in the sentence, add only the page number in parentheses,

like this [example].This is called a narrative citation.

Now, if a sentence is supported by more than one source, you can combine the citations

in a single set of parentheses.

Separate the two sources with a semicolon.

By the way, you can generate your in-text citations and works cited list super easily