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MLA In-Text Citation Style


    Trimble, John R. Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975. In-text note: (Trimble 7)

Books with two or more authors:

    Witte, Stephen P. and Lester Faigley. Evaluating College Writing Programs. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1983. In-text note: (Witte and Faigley 46)

Books with an editor instead of an author:

    Vesterman, William, ed. Readings for the 21st Century: Tomorrow's Issues for Today's Students. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1991. In-text note: (Vasterman 12)


    Erard, Michael. "Colons Descending: An Interim Assessment." English Today 12.4 (1996): 43-45. In-text note: (Erard 44)

Articles without authors:

    "Negro College Fund: Mission Is Still Important on 50th Anniversary." Editorial. Dallas Morning News 8 Oct. 1994: A28. In-text note: ("Negro College" A28) -Notice: use an abbreviated title in the parenthetical citation

Anthology selection:

    Rich, Adrienne. "Claiming an Education." Conversations: Reading for Writing. 2nd edition. Ed. Jack Selzer. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991. 88-93. In-text note: (Rich 90)

Scholarly Articles or Journals:

    Albada, Kelly F. "The Public and Private Dialogue about the American Family on Television." Journal of Communication 50.4 (200): 79-110. In-text note: (Albada 81-2)

Personal interviews:

    Gomes, Peter. Personal interview. 23 Apr. 1997. In-text note: (Gomes) -Notice: since there is no page number, omit it from the not

Reference works or Encyclopedias:

    Benedict, Roger William. "Northwest Passage." Encyclopaedia Britannica: Macropedia. 1974 ed. In-text note: (Benedict 117)


    Subaru Outback. Advertisement. Brill's Content Feb. 2000: 37. In-text note: Naming the advertisement in the paper itself is preferable to having a parenthetical note.


    Mrs. Winterbourne. Dir. Richard Benjamin. Perf. Shirley MacLaine and Ricki Lake. TriStar Pictures, 1996. In-text note: Name the film in the body of your paper.

Government Documents:

    United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Printing. 1985-86 Official Congressional Directory. 99th Congress, 1st session. Washington: GPO, 1985. In-text note: Avoid a lengthy note by naming the document in the body of your essay and placing only the relevant page numbers between parentheses.

Personal websites with no title:

    Syverson, Peg. Home page. 18 November 1999. In-text note: (Syverson) -Notice: since most websites do not have page numbers, omit the page number

Professional websites:

    "Annual Report 1996-97." The Undergraduate Writing Center, The University of Texas at Austin. 18 Nov. 1999. In-text note: ("Annual Report")

Materials accessed from an online database:

    "Jazz." 18 Nov. 1998. In-text note: ("Jazz")

Online articles:

    Slatin, John. "La Zambinella Meets the Cyborg: Barthes, S/Z, and Print-Based Literary Studies." CWRL: The Electronic Journal for Computer Writing, Rhetoric and Literature 3.1 (1997). 18 Nov. 1999. In-text note: (Slatin)

Email communications or discussion group postings:

    Kostka, Ericka. "E-mail Communication in Freshman Composition." Online posting. 11 September 1997. CWRL Message Forum. 7 July 1998. In-text note: (Kostka)

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