Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 40278


No, you can use the same source more than once, and only list it a single time in your Works Cited page. Your in-text citation provides the page number information. 

The citation in the body of your paper for a book will include the author or authors' last name(s) and the page number. If you mention the author(s) in the sentence, just put the page number in the (). If not, use the last name and page number.

Whether or not you place the in-text citation at the end of the sentence or within the sentence depends on if you use a direct quote or paraphrase.

The reference in your Works Cited page will include page numbers only if the book is an anthology or collection. 

I'm including links below that will provide examples for everything I mentioned above.

To see how to handle whether to include the author's name in the (), use the 1st link and look for the section towards the top titled, In-text citations: Author-page style. Scroll down to find the section that shows you how to handle multiple authors, if that is relevant.

To see how to handle in-text citations for direct quotes, use the 2nd link. It shows you how to cite short quotations, long quotations, and how to omit words from quotes.

To see how to create a reference for your Works Cited page, use the 3rd link. You'll see examples on citations for books with one author, multiple authors, an anthology or collection, and more. Just scroll down to get to the different sections.

If you haven't used Purdue Owl's MLA guide before, it is very helpful. If you look to the left, you'll see the pagele of contents that links to the pages I included below. It provides tips on citing different types of sources, creating references for various formats, formatting your paper, and sample Works Cited pages and essays.

Hope this helps!

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