Answered By: Paul Galfano
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2018     Views: 226

MLA in-text citations consist of the author's last name followed by the page number of the material you are quoting or paraphrasing, normally in parenthesis at the end of the sentence or quote. 

The MLA citation section of the Writing and Citing LibGuide has these three examples of In-text citations in MLA format:

  • Standard In-text citation:
    The "tone of words can be hurtful" (Tannen 175).
  • In-text citation using author’s name to introduce the material:
    Tannen has argued this point (175).
  • In-text citation using a work’s shortened title, if there is no author listed:
    "International espionage was prevalent in the 1990s in many parts of the world" ("Decade”).

In the first two examples, Tannen is the author and 175 is the page number. In the third one, there is no named author so the article title is placed first in the reference on the Works Cited page. The beginning of the title (in quotation marks) is used for the in-text citation. For many websites, there won't be a page number, so you may leave it out, as long as you make the title the specific section where you got the information you are citing.

You can find more guidance on doing In-text citations in MLA format from the library's Writing and Citing LibGuide, or watch the YouTube video from Purdue's OWL below:

MLA Style: In-Text Citations (8th Ed., 2016)

Gellis, Eliza. "MLA Style: In-Text Citations." YouTube, uploaded by OWLPurdue, 5 Apr. 2017,

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