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College-wide MLA Citation Guide: 9th edition

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Example of citing a source in your writing without quoting directly:

      People who are more likely to succeed in life are those who work hard while sticking to a positive and clear vision of their future. Additionally, having positive role models in one’s life is another contributor to achievement (McCheese 15).

Adding “(McCheese 15)” at the end of the paragraph and before the period indicates that an outside source was used, the author’s last name and the page number.

With two authors: (McCheese and McCake 58)

With three or more authors: (McCake et al. 27)

On the “Works Cited” page, the source needs to be listed, along with all other resources used. In this case, it is an example of a book. (If there is only one citation, it’s called, “Work Cited.”)

Work Cited

McCheese, May R. The Achiever in You. Penguin Press, 2017.

 

Example of citing the same source several times in the same paragraph:

      People who are more likely to succeed in life are those who work hard while sticking to a positive and clear vision of their future. Additionally, having positive role models in one’s life is another contributor to achievement (McCheese 15, 17, 28).

On the “Works Cited” page, list the source just one time.

Work Cited

McCheese, May R. The Achiever in You. Penguin Press, 2017.

 

Example of citing a direct quote for a source that’s the main discussion in the paper:

      After three days without food, water and shelter, he became disoriented and began to hallucinate. Joe Brevard said, “I saw my mom. She told me she was going to make me a chicken potpie” (113).

Adding “(113)” at the end of the paragraph and before the period indicates the page of the quote. The author’s last name is left out, because it was referenced in the same paragraph.

On the “Works Cited” page, the source needs to be listed, along with all other resources used. In this case, it is an example of a book.

Work Cited

Brevard, Joe. Lost in Florida. Green Books, 2017.

 

Example of citing a direct quote for a source that’s used one time in the paper:

      According to John Doe, “People confuse me with other people all the time. Apparently, there are lots of people who share my last name” (Doe 56).

Adding the author’s last name and page number helps to clarify where the quote can be found in the source on the works cited page.

On the “Works Cited” page, the source needs to be listed, along with all other resources used. In this case, it is an example of a book.

Work Cited

Doe, John. I’m not in the Morgue. Banta Printing, 2017.

 

Example of citing a direct quote consisting of more than four lines:

In the book, The Last Pizza, Freddie the manager gave his drivers very specific orders:

If any of you guys get lost and can’t find the address, I want you to skip that delivery and go to the next one. If you keep looking, every pie is going to be late! And furthermore, when you come back, I need you to bring the whole pizza back, not a partial pizza. This means no eating non-deliveries! I’m taking half-eaten pizzas out of your tips at the end of the night. (145)

Adding “(145)” at the end of the paragraph and after the period indicates the page of the quote. The author’s last name is left out, because the “paper” is about the book. Quotation marks are not used in this instance.

On the “Works Cited” page, the source needs to be listed, along with all other resources used.

Work Cited

Storm, Jenny. The Last Pizza. Brown & Sons, 2017.

*Cite quotes from the first source, not the source that quoted the quote.