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MLA in-text citation

A summary of the proper way to cite sources in-text within the MLA style.
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Nicole Seiler

on 20 September 2011

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Transcript of MLA in-text citation

In-text Citations
in MLA style The way you cite depends
on the way you introduce... SIGNAL PHRASES According to... English teacher, Ms. Seiler, says that... The Food and Drug Administration released a study that showed... Is your author (or authors) named in your sentence? if so, you do not need to include the name in the citation According to Jonathan
Swift, poor children
should be used to feed
the rich (487). English teacher Ms. Seiler
says that students should
"do all of their assigned
work in a timely fashion
so that it can be turned in
on time" (344-345). The food and Drug Administration
released a study that showed that
"34% of all men between the ages
of 16 and 20" eat enough sugar to
make "a lab rat exhibit signs of unease
and sometimes rage" (27, 35). If your source is not named you wil need to do
so in the citation. Students should always turn in
work on time so that "the grades
can be immediately entered into
the grade book without delay"
(Seiler 245). It has been shown that 47% of girls
between the ages of 12 and 17 have
a negative self image that results in
eating disorders or a desire for plastic
surgery (American Psychiatric
Association 13-24). The current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones et al. 4). notice! the period ALWAYS goes after the citation! Citing poetry is a little different, though... "What do I do with these line numbers?" Let's look at a couple stanzas from
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" He holds him with his glittering eye -
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years' child:
The Mariner hath his will.

The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner. 15 20 Poetry is divided into lines You will cite line numbers instead of page numbers. For example: Coleridge says that "The wedding-guest stood still, / And listens like a
three years' child" (14-15). the lines of the poem are separated with a slash the line numbers are put in parentheses The period goes after the citation From "When I Was One-and-Twenty": Housman uses imagery to make a comparison between tokens of the material world and tokens of the heart throughout "When I Was One-and-Twenty," including references to "crowns and pounds and guineas" (3) and "pearls" (5), "rubies" (5), as well as, the verb "paid" (13). line numbers follow each word each word is in quotes and the period still follows the last citation When Housman says "'tis true, 'tis true," he is admitting the pain of his lesson learned (16). the comma goes inside the quotes when quoting just one word
or part of one line, the citation
goes at the end of the sentence, rather than right after the word or phrase. For more help, visit these web sites: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/2/ For general MLA guidelines For poetry citation help http://www.shepherd.edu/scwcweb/hndpoetry.htm Any questions?
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