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MLA Style Guide

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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. When no author is listed, in-text citations correspond to the first element in the works cited entry, often the title. A shortened version of the title may be used in parenthetical citations. Formatting examples are outlined below:

Reference Information

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In-text Citation Guidelines



Include a shorted version of the title and page number (if available) in parenthesis at the end of the sentence.


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Strategies 2).   


Include the title in your sentence and the page number in parenthesis at the end of the sentence.


According to Strategies for Effect Searching, "consider this a direct quote" (2).

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