Answered By: Kathleen Goldfarb
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 1356

From the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): Any source information that you provide in-text must correspond to the source information on the Works Cited page. More specifically, whatever signal word or phrase you provide to your readers in the text, must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in the Works Cited List. (link to OWL below)

Whenever you present another author's information in your paper, you should include an in-text citation that lets the reader know where you found the information.  In-text citations generally include the author's last name and the page number where you found the information.  If the source you are citing does not have page numbers, you can just use the author's name.  If the author's name is not available, use the title of the source in the citation instead.

In-text citations can either be part of a sentence, or be included in parentheses.  Here are some examples:

Attempts at redrawing congressional districts always meet with resistance (Mander 42).

Mander (42) states that attempts to redraw congressional districts invariably face resistance.

Mander states, "There has never been, nor likely ever will be be, an act of congressional redistricting that is met without resistance" (42).

You can learn more about in-text citations from the Cite MLA Style libguide, or Purdue OWL's in-text citation overview.

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