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MLA Style Guide

Book with 1 Author


There are different ways to format an in-text citation, depending on your writing style and sentence structure. Every in-text citation must include the author's last name and page number. Formatting examples are outlined below:

Reference Information

Austen, Catherine. All Good Children. Orca Book Publishers, 2011.

In-text Citation Guidelines



Include the author's last name and page number placed in brackets at the end of a sentence.


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Austen 45).   


Include the author's name as part of the sentence; include the page number in brackets.


According to Austen, "consider this a direct quote" (45).

Remember, in-text citation formatting may change depending on a number of factors.