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Assignment | Death of a Salesman Research Essay (Kane): MLA Writing & Citing

ENGL 1302 | Prof. Kane


Pro-Tip!If you include information in your paper that is not original to you -- whether it's directly quoted or paraphrased -- you must include an in-text citation that corresponds to an entry on your Works Cited page!

In-Text and Parenthetical Citations

A basic MLA in-text citation includes the author's last name and specific page number.  See examples below: 

Paraphrased: The moon is made of green cheese (Smith and Jones 134).
Paraphrased, author in text: Lunar geologists Smith and Jones agree that the moon is made of green cheese (134).
Direct quote:   Experts agree that “the moon is comprised of green cheese” (Smith and Jones 134).
No author: Experts agree that “the moon is comprised of green cheese” (“Moon Analysis”).
Indirect/secondary citation: Hausinger’s study reveals the moon is made of green cheese (qtd. in Smith and Jones 134).

Elements of MLA Citation

Author(s). Title of Source. Publication (Container) Name, other contributors, version, number, publisher, publication date, location. Container Titleother contributors, version, number, publisher, publication date, location. Optional access date.

Note: Some elements may not be used and others might not be available. Just proceed to the next element.
If your source was republished (such as in a library database), you'll move on to the second Container section, but you're unlikely to use anything but location.

MLA Citation Examples

Scarantino, Andrea, and Michael Nielsen. "Voodoo Dolls and Angry Lions: How Emotions Explain Arational Actions." Philsophical Studies, vol. 172,  no. 11, 2015, pp. 2975-2998. Academic Search Complete, doi: 10.1007/s11098-015-0452-y.

In-text citation: (Scarantino and Nielsen) or (Scarantino and Nielsen 2990)

Behnke, AlisonUp for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern SlaveryE-book, Twenty-First Century Books, 2015. EBSCO eBook Collection,,cpid&custid=s1088435&db=nlebk&AN=817244&site=ehost-live..

Note: If you know the type of e-book you consulted (ex, Kindle, EPUB, PDF), use that as a “version.” Otherwise just put E-book.

In-text citation: (Behnke) or (Behnke 52)

Remnick, Noah"Yearbook Project Collects Stories of Children Killed in Shootings." The New York Times, 19 June 2016,

In-text citation: (Remnick)

“Starting Over.” Sunday Morning, produced by George Osterkamp, Columbia Broadcasting System, 2014Academic Video Online: Premium,

In-text citation: ("Starting Over")