How do I make clear that a paraphrase is on the same page as a quotation I’ve given in the previous sentence?

The MLA Handbook (3.5) provides techniques for making citations more concise when a source is used more than once in succession. But it notes that you should “[a]lways give your citations in full . . . if these techniques would create ambiguity about your sources” (124). Thus, if you need to make clear that a paraphrase is on the same page as a quotation in a previous sentence, repeat the page number in parentheses after the paraphrase, as shown in the following example:

Hilma af Klint’s art explores “the invisible relationships that shape our world” (Müller-Westermann 7). This focus is not surprising, given that af Klint began painting at the end of the nineteenth century, when electromagnetic waves and X-rays were discovered (7).

Work Cited

Müller-Westermann, Iris. Introduction. Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, edited by Christine Burgin, translated by Kerstin Lind Bonnier et al., Christine Burgin / U of Chicago P, 2018, pp. 7-12.

Work Cited

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

Published 18 February 2019

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