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MLA Style Guide

Book Chapter Uploaded to Blackboard Learn


When including the URL for an online source, do not include the "http://" or any other text before the "www"

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

Henderson, Eric. “Writing the Research Paper.” Blackboard, uploaded by Sarah Ryan, 12 Dec. 2018,

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 (Henderson 74).   


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


According to Henderson, "consider this a direct quote" (74).

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