A Few Plug-&-Play Citation Templates

Citation Templates: Three Standard Ways to Format MLA In-Text Citations

1. 

According to BRIEF AUTHOR DESCRIPTION, AUTHOR NAME, “………..” (SOURCE TITLE).
According to climate scientist, Bigsby Biggs, “climate change is as real as the day is long” (“Climate Science” 404).

2. 

In “SOURCE TITLE,” AUTHOR NAME claims that “……..”
In “A Changing Earth,” Neil Patella claims that “we no longer live on your grandmother’s planet.”

3.

BRIEF SOURCE DESCRIPTION has shown that PRESENTATION OF DATA (SOURCE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER).
A recent study of carbon emissions has shown that China is now responsible for 30% of total global carbon dioxide emissions (Reuters).

Each of these citation templates is somewhat flexible. You can tweak them to adjust for the specifics of the citation situation you find yourself in, but they are each solid methods for creating citations that (1) clearly indicate the source and (2) distinguish your ideas from those being cited from the source.

And that is always what we want to achieve with an in-text citation.

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