Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 1022

In-text MLA quotations typically include the author's last name and page number.  If no page number is available, just include the author's last name.  You can do this either in the text of the sentence that precedes the quote or in parentheses after the quote.

Examples (from MLA Purdue OWL):

According to some, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184), though others disagree.

According to Foulkes, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (184), though others disagree.

If there were no page numbers:

According to some, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes), though others disagree.

According to Foulkes, dreams express "profound aspects of personality", though others disagree.

If no author or page number is available, use the title in the citation instead.

For quotations that extend to more than four lines of verse or prose, place quotations in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks.  You would follow the same rules for authors and page numbers; include both if they are available, but just list the author if there are no page numbers.

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