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Copy of Beginner MLA Style (in-text citations)

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In-text citations
MLA Style

Put the author's last name
and the page number(s)
of the source material in:

1. an introductory
signal phrase

or
2.
parentheses
at the end of
the sentence.
Modern Language Association style requires writers to provide documentation
in the text of their papers/essays for each quotation, paraphrase, summary, etc.
MLA recommends
using the author's name
in a signal phrase to introduce the material
and citing the page numbers in parentheses.
When the authors name is
not
mentioned in a signal phrase, include the author's last name before the page number(s) in the parentheses.
In-text citation of a direct quotation with
the author's name in a parenthetical reference.
In-text Citations
For example:

According to Ms. Constable, the recommended method of citing a source in MLA style is to begin the sentence by
"
using the author's name in a signal phrase to introduce the material and citing the page numbers in parentheses
" (1).
For example:

The recommended method of citing a source in my text is to begin the sentence by "
using the author's name in a signal phrase to introduce the material and citing the page numbers in parentheses
" (Constable 1).
In-text citation of a direct quotation with
the author's name in a signal phrase and page # in ( ).
signal phrase
direct quote from
source material
direct quote from
source material
author in parentheses
b/c no signal phrase
MLA recommends
using the author's name
in a signal phrase to introduce the material
and citing the page numbers in parentheses.
For example:

According to Ms. Constable (1), the recommended method of citing a source in MLA style is to begin the sentence by
"
using the author's name in a signal phrase to introduce the material and citing the page numbers in parentheses
."
In-text citation of a direct quotation with
the author's name and page # in a signal phrase.
signal phrase
with page #
direct quote from
source material
In-text citations that are
paraphrased
are
NOT direct quotations from the source material, so do NOT use quotation marks. Your job is to convert the idea from the source material into your own words while maintaining the original meaning.
Original:


Paraphrased:

The recommended method of citing a source is to introduce the material by using a signal phrase that contains the author's name and citing the page number in parentheses at the end of the statement (Constable 1).
Note: In-text citations of source material can be direct quotations
or paraphrased by you.
"MLA recommends
using the author's name
in a signal phrase to introduce the material
and citing the page numbers in parentheses."
Original:
Original:
Note: In-text citations of source material must be listed in a
Works Cited
page at the end of your paper.
Paraphrasing is often preferred.
Terms to Know Today
(We will discuss the formatting of a Works Cited page on another day.)
MLA
in-text citation
source material
signal phrase
direct quotation
paraphrased quotation
Works Cited page
Primary and secondary sources.
A way to give credit to your sources
inside the text of your essay/paper.
An introductory phrase that lets the reader know which source you are about to include.
Word-for-word quotation that must be
contained within quotation marks.
Source material in your own
words. No quotation marks used.
Contains a specifically formatted list of all the sources/works you cited in your essay.
Modern Language Association
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