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In-Text Citations Readability

Place the reference where a pause would naturally occur – preferably, at the end of a sentence or clause,  and as near as possible to the material being cited.

If using the same source multiple times in the same paragraph, you may place the citation after the last usage. (The citation must be in the same paragraph as the material!)

Example: Romeo and Juliet presents an opposition between two worlds: “the world of the everyday…and the world of romance.” Although the two lovers are part of the world of romance, their language of love nevertheless becomes “fully responsible to the tang of actuality” (Zender 138, 141).

OR According to Karl F. Zender, Romeo and Juliet presents an opposition between two worlds: “the world of the everyday, associated with the adults in the play, and “the world of romance,” associated with the two lovers (138). Romeo and Juliet’s language of love nevertheless becomes “fully responsive to the tang of actuality” (141).

Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  7th.

          New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

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