MLA Parenthetical Citation Formats
The following are a few examples of parenthetical citation formats. Please note: When using online resources, page numbers are omitted from the parenthetical citation.
*When you omit the author’s name in your sentence:
One research has found that dreams move backward in time as the night progresses (Dement 71).
*When you mention the author’s name in your sentence:
Freud states that “a dream is the fulfillment of a wish” (154).
When you use a website and mention the author’s name, OMIT the page number:
*When you cite more than one work by the same author:
One current theory emphasizes the principle that dreams express “profound aspects of personality” (Foulkes, “Sleep” 184). But investigation shows that young children’s dreams are “rather simple and unemotional” (Foulkes, “Dreams” 78).
*When the work has two or three authors:
Psychologists hold that no two children are alike (Gesell and Ilg 68).
*When the work has more than three authors:
(Rosenberg et al. 14)
*When the work has no author, begin with the word by which the title is alphabetized in the Works Cited:
Random testing for use of steroids by athletes is facing strong opposition by owners of several of these teams (“Steroids” 22).
When you quote or paraphrase a quotation from a book or article that appeared somewhere else:
Bacon observed that “it is hardly possible at once to admire an author and to go beyond him” (qtd. in Guibroy 113).