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MLA style, writers place references to sources in the paper to briefly identify
them and enable readers to find them in the Works Cited list. These
parenthetical references should be kept as brief and as clear as possible.
- Give only the information
needed to identify a source. Usually the author's last name and a page
- Place the parenthetical
reference as close as possible its source. Insert the parenthetical
reference where a pause would naturally occur, preferably at the end of a
- Information in the
parenthesis should complement, not repeat, information given in the text.
If you include an author's name in a sentence, you do not need to repeat
it in your parenthetical statement.
- The parenthetical reference
should precede the punctuation mark that concludes the sentence, clause,
or phrase that contains the cited material.
- Electronic and online sources
are cited just like print resources in parenthetical references. If an
online source lacks page numbers, omit numbers from the parenthetical
references. If an online source includes fixed page numbers or section numbering,
such as numbering of paragraphs, cite the relevant numbers.
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