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Use the MDC databases to find your sources/articles.
Remember to use the citation tool to gather your citations in MLA format.


Refer to the templates and links below.
In-Text Citations (MLA Handbook, page 227)

An in-text citation begins with the shortest piece of information that directs your reader to the entry in the works-cited list. The citation can appear in your prose or in parenthesis. 

Citation in prose

Naomi Baron broke new ground on the subject.

Parenthetical citation

At leas one researcher has broken new ground on the subject (Baron).

Work cited

Baron, Naomi S. "Redefining Reading: The Impact of Digital Communication Media." PML, vol. 128, no.1, Jan. 2013, pp. 193-200. 

Citing Indirect Sources

Sometimes you may have to use an indirect source. An indirect source is a source cited within another source. For such indirect quotations, use "qtd. in" to indicate the source you actually consulted. For example:

Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as "social service centers, and they don't do that well" (qtd. in Weisman 259).

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Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the MLA Handbook, 8th ed.

When citing 2-3 lines of poetry, insert a "/" (without the quotes) between the lines.

Reflecting on the "incident" in Baltimore, Cullen concludes, "Of all the things that happened there / That's all that
I remember" (11-12).

When citing more than three lines of poetry, begin the quotation on a new line and indent each of the lines 1/2 an inch from the left margin.

In "High Noon," by Andy Wainwright, the speaker concludes:

today my entire generation
is a poet
it travels in packs
& word is spreading
I am alone (7-11)

If the poem is published in an edition with numbered lines, you may use those instead of page numbers to indicate the original location of your quote.

Works Cited for Poetry Analysis Assignment