MLA CITATION: IN-TEXT AND WORKS CITED
- Cabrillo's Quick Guide to MLA Citation
- Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation includes more detail about MLA citation
Papers using MLA citation must include 1) a works cited list and 2) in-text citations.
When you quote, paraphrase, or reference another authors ideas you must use In-Text Citations that include the author's name and a page number. In-Text Citations alert your reader that you are citing or paraphrasing another authors ideas. The authors you cite in your in-text citations are also listed at the end in your works cited list. Here are two ways to create in-text citations using MLA style:
|Include the author’s (or editor’s) name directly in the text of the sentence.||
According to Roenneberg, “the Swedish botanist Carl von Linne constructed a flowerbed in his garden that served as a clock” (247).
Omit the author’s name in the sentence, but cite the name plus the page number in parentheses at the end of the sentence
“The Swedish botanist Carl von Linne constructed a flowerbed in his garden that served as a clock, using the specific times of day when different plants opened and closed their flowers” (Roenneberg 247)
For longer quotes, instead of using quotation marks you will indent five spaces to indicate that you are quoting an outside source:
For detailed information about creating in-text citations for different kinds of sources, see Hacker's Resource and Documentation or your LIBR 10 Handbook.
Works Cited List
Your Works Cited List includes all the works you have cited in your paper -- your sources.
SAMPLE MLA RESEARCH PAPER
From Penn State University Library & Learning Services (2012)
How to do a Hanging Indent in Microsoft Word:
- Highlight the entire citation
- From the Home tab, click the bottom right hand arrow in the Paragraph menu, or right click the mouse & choose Paragraph
- Select the Indents and Spacing Tab
- Under Special: change the drop down menu to Hanging
- Under Line Spacing: change the drop down menu to Double
- Click OK