78 MLA In-Text Citations

Jared Aragona

Learning Objectives

  • Ensure authors’ names in parenthetical citations reflect the format in the Works Cited so finding the entry is easy



MLA In-Text Citations: Be sure to follow proper MLA format for in-text citations.  In general, be sure that in-text citation cross-references with the first word in the Works Cited list.



Reading offers people a temporary chance to escape from their lives.  In reference to this escape one writer says, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul” (Oates 42).

Works Cited

Oates, Joyce Carol. (Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities. E.P. Dutton, 1988.



Here, we know that Oates will be located in the Works Cited because of her name’s presence in the parenthetical citation.


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