Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 1481

In situations like this, you have three options:

Option 1: Give a single parenthetical reference after the last idea or quotation from the source in the paragraph.

Example from the MLA Handbook:

Romeo and Juliet presents an opposition between two worlds: "the world of the everyday... and the world of romance."  Although the two lovers are part of the world of romance, their language of love nevertheless becomes "fully responsive to the tang of actuality" (Zender 138, 141).

Option 2: Make separate in-text citations for each section you are citing.

Example from the MLA Handbook:

Romeo and Juliet presents an opposition between two worlds: "the world of the everyday," associated with the adults in the play, and "the world of romance," associated with the two lovers (Zender 138).  Romeo and Juliet's language of love nevertheless becomes "fully responsive to the tang of actuality" (141).

The handbook specifies that the second citation can omit the name of the author if it is reasonable for the reader to conclude that the author is the same as in the previous citation.

Option 3: Define a source in the text at the start of the paragraph.

Example from the MLA Handbook:

According to Karl F. Zender, Romeo and Juliet presents an opposition between two worlds: "the world of the everyday," associated with the adults in the play, and "the world of romance," associated with the two livers (138).  Romeo and Juliet's language of love nevertheless becomes "fully responsive to the tang of actuality" (141).

If the two citations are in different paragraphs, be sure to make two separate, full in-text citations.

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