Posts related to in-text citations
How do I cite a quotation from a quotation site like BrainyQuote?
Quotations on compilation websites may contain errors or even be misattributed, so it’s best to track down the source of the quotation. If doing so… Read More
If I’ve cited a source in footnote 1, can I cite the source later in my paper by referring to the same footnote?
The source in the footnote might be better placed in the text, because MLA style uses in-text citations to refer to individual sources. See section… Read More
How do I cite interviews of the same interviewee taken from two different interview collections?
When citing interviews of the same person taken from different collections, treat the person... Read More
If I cite a text for the purpose of comparison, should it be included in my works-cited list?
Yes. A text cited for comparison is not a passing reference, so you should include a works-cited-list entry for the work, as shown in the… Read More
Does including a first initial with a last name affect the order of names in a parenthetical citation?
No. When more than one name appears in a parenthetical citation, the order of those names should correspond to the quotations that precede the citation. Read More
How do I cite a tombstone or grave site that I looked at in person or online?
If you looked at a tombstone in person, you do not need to provide a citation. Use your prose or an endnote to describe what… Read More
How do I cite an online lecture from a course I’m taking remotely?
If your instructor wants you to cite quotations from video or audio recordings of lectures posted online, cite them as you would any online lecture. Read More
Must an author be introduced for the first time in prose rather than in parentheses?
No. You do not need to mention an author’s name in your prose before citing the author in a parenthetical citation. Surnames alone are used… Read More