An in-text citation is when an author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text, and a full reference citation should appear on your Works Cited page.
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The medium of publication is no longer stated, except when it is needed for clarity (52).
Abbreviations Commonly Used
Placeholders for unknown information like n.d. (“no date”) are no longer used. If facts missing from a work are available in a reliable external resource, they are cited in square brackets (2.6.1). Otherwise, they are simply omitted.
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Books: Basic Format
The author’s name or a book with a single author's name appears in last name, first name format.
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Publisher, Year of Publication.
Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.
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Literary Criticism & Contemporary Issues Citations --MLA Examples
Critical essay reprinted in a collection
Stone, Laurie. “Personal Best: What’s New in Towne.” Village Voice 11 Mar. 1982: 52-53. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Christopher Giroux. Vol. 87. Detroit: Gale, 1995. 366-369.
To cite an essay in a collection that has been previously published elsewhere, give the earlier publication information followed by “Rpt. in” (meaning “Reprinted in”). Always cite the source you are using; do not pretend you saw the article in the original publication.
Article from a Scholarly Journal
Kincaid, Jamaica. “In History.” Callaloo, vol. 24, no. 2, Spring 2001, pp. 620-26.
Electronic Sources (Web Publications) including Online Databases: Basic Form
Citing an Entire Website
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 23 Apr. 2008.
MLA Style establishes standards of written communication concerning:
Why Use MLA?
Who Should Use MLA?
MLA Style is typically reserved for writers and students preparing manuscripts in various humanities disciplines such as: