76 MLA Signal Phrases

Robin Jeffrey

Learning Objectives

  • Identify different verbs that can signal a quote


Keep your language interesting for your readers by switching up the language and placement of your signal phrases.

Model Phrases

According to Greer and Dewey, “…”

As sociology scholar Janice Kinsey has noted, “…”

Creative Commons, an organization that helps internet users understand and create copyrights for materials, reports that “…”

“…,” writes Deidre Tyrell, “…”

“…,” attorney Sanderson claims.

Kyles and Sanderson offer up a compelling point: “…”


Acknowledges Contends Observes
Admits Declares Points out
Adds Denies Reasons
Agrees Disputes Refutes
Argues Emphasizes Rejects
Asserts Endorses Reports
Believes Grants Responds
Claims Illustrates Suggests
Comments Implies Thinks
Compares Insists Writes
 Confirms Notes

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