Answered By: Richard Ma
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2020     Views: 323

For a direct quote in a paper you do need to use an in-text citation, as well as citing the source where you got the quote in a Works Cited list at the end of the paper.

When doing an "in-text citation" or "parenthetical citation" (a citation within your paper) for MLA, you would need to put the author's last name and the page number where you obtained that resource.  For instance:

Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3).

For more specific examples on MLA in-text citations, please refer to MiraCosta College Library's MLA Citation Guide or Purdue's Online Writing Lab MLA Page.

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