The basics of MLA style in-text citations
MLA in-text citations must be used when:
If it is not your original thought, you MUST cite it.
One work, one author:
When the same source is used a subsequent time in the same paragraph, use only the page number.
When the authors' name is in the narrative, use this format:
One work, multiple authors:
If you have additional questions, please refer to the MLA Style Manuals or the following sources:
MLA Direct Quoting
Direct quotes are enclosed in quotation marks.
For quotations less than 4 lines, the author can either be placed at the beginning or the end of the sentence. Regardless of choice, the page number is always placed at the end of the phrase. See examples below to compare.
MLA Block Text
For quotations that are more than 4 lines (3 lines of verse), use a block text format and no quotation marks. Block texts are double-spaced. At the end of the block text place the appropriate punctuation mark then (author name page number).
Librarians and writing tutors enjoy helping students thrive. Librarians connect students with information and writing
tutors help students become excellent written communicators. Research shows that good readers make good writers.
Not only is reading important to obtaining information to use in the writing process, but it helps the writer know what
sounds right. People who read a lot recognize oddities in sentence structure and paper layout. They notice when a
paragraph or paper is missing something and needs more information. They also notice when a paragraph or paper
adequately communicates the writers intention. Simply stated, after reading a piece, the reader either has an aha
yes! moment or either a ehhhhh yuck moment. (Shierling 21)
Additional help: MLA Blocks of Text (Purdue OWL)