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How to Cite in the Text?

MLA (Modern Language Association) uses the author-page format for in-text citations. After you have quoted or paraphrased the words of an author, put in parenthesis their surname and the number of the page:

According to Smith (134) the planets revolve around the sun

"Planets of our solar system orbit around the sun" (Smith 134)

How Should I Cite This?


Surname, First Name. Book Title in Italics. Place of Publication, Publisher, Year.


Teitelbaum, Joshua. Political Liberalization in the Persian Gulf. New York, Columbia University Press, 2009.


Surname, First Name. "Article Title: Subtitle." Title of Periodical in Italics, vol. number, issue no., Year, pages.


Kang, Jaeho. “The Ur -History of Media Space: Walter Benjamin and the Information Industry in Nineteenth-Century Paris.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society IJPS, vol. 22, no. 2, 2009, pp. 231–48.

Citing a webpage found in a website

Surname, Name (if available). "Title of webpage." Title of Website in Italics, Day Month Abbreviated Year, URL. Accessed date.


 Kephart, Beth. "The Four Times I Became a Writer." Literary Hub, 10 Sept. 2018, Accessed 11 Sept. 2018.

A primary source can take various forms, it could be an image, a video, or a manuscript. For each form, you need to follow different rules in order to cite it. Here is an example of a document included in a book:

“Notes of Debates on the Articles of Confederation, July 30-August 1, 1776.” Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History, by Stephen A. Jones and Eric Freedman, CQ Press, 2011, p. 18. ProQuest Ebook Central,


Check out Purdue OWL MLA Guide to find out more.