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- A quotation from or reference to a book, paper, website article, author, etc. particularly in a scholarly work; a standardized format that contains information about a source cited in one's research product.
- In MLA style, in-text citations, called parenthetical citations, are used to document any external sources used within a document (unless the material cited is considered general knowledge).
- Parenthetical citations direct readers to the full bibliographic citations listed on the Works Cited page, which is located at the end of the document.
- In most cases, the parenthetical citations include the author's last name and the specific page number for the information cited.
- An alphabetical listing of citations in MLA format for all sources cited in a research product.
- Also referred to as references or as a bibliography.
- A standardized format for citing information from outside sources within the text of the paper itself.
- In-text citations consist of two parts: signal phrases and parenthetical references.
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Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting & Style Guide
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There you will find information and examples regarding MLA format for citations and works cited.