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Transcript of MLA Citation
Getting Your Sources Straight
On the college level you typically use the MLA citation system to document sources in a paper. It is composed of two parts:
Parenthetical citations (in the body of the text)
Works Cited section (at the end of the paper)
Both of these parts work together to show your professor and your readers the sources you have used in the paper, and in doing so, preserve your academic integrity.
Parenthetical (In-Text) Citations
Called such because you place them in parentheses ( )
Typically includes one or more of these three: author's last name (if relevant), title, and page number (if relevant).
Key tip: For your parenthetical citation, use whatever comes first in your Works Cited entry.
Meant to demonstrate in the text that you are citing a source at that point, and to direct you to the fuller citation of the source information on the Works Cited page.
Parenthetical Citation Example
Storytelling is also a means of making sense of life in light of death— death being one of the greatest fears of man. British novelist A.S. Byatt has noted that “life, Pascal once said, is like living in a prison, from which every day fellow prisoners are taken away to be executed. We are all...under sentence of death, and we all think of our lives as narratives, with beginnings, middles, and ends” (
On Histories and Stories
Works Cited Page
Appears as a separate page at the end of your paper.
Gives the full information about the sources in your paper.
Arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author or name of organization. Citation entries are also indented after the first line.
Because there are as many ways to cite a source as there are types of sources, I would recommend using the online tool:
Works Cited Page Sample
Benjamin, Walter. “The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of
Nikolai Leskov.” Slought.org. 7 Dec. 2009.
Night Visitors: The Rise and Fall of the English
. Faber, 1977.
Byatt, A.S. “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”
On Histories and
Stories: Selected Essays
. Harvard, 2001.