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