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MLA In-Text Citations


Correctly synthesizing and citing source information is critical for scholars, and the ability to reproduce formatting systems transfers well to professional settings. Within scholastic environments, understanding and using resources responsibly demonstrates credibility and banishes unintentional plagiarism.

Correct MLA usage is tedious but not difficult. The SSAYF's MLA student modules tackle the subject in bite-sized pieces that can be accessed limitlessly. Consider using them as planned units in your class or as remediate resources. A variety of resources is included; tailor this topic to your students.

This LTR module adheres to the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and focuses specifically on constructing in-text citations that contain the correct information.

The MLA in-text citations student module:

  • Defines MLA in-text citations;
  • Explains how to create complete in-text citations using signal phrases, borrowed material (quotes, paraphrases and summaries) and parenthetical citations;
  • Models various templates for in-text citations;
  • And connects in-text citations to full works cited entries.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The MLA In-Text Citations student module meets the following undergraduate goals and student learning outcomes:

  • VCCS General Education Goals:
    • Communication 1.2 - [A]assimilate, organize, develop and present an idea formally and informally
    • Critical Thinking 2.1 - [D]discriminate among degrees of credibility, accuracy and reliability of inferences drawn from given data
    • Information Literacy 4.5 - [U]understand many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally
  • VCCS Developmental English Redesign Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Identify, Evaluate, Integrate and document sources properly

More Info About the MLA In-Text Citations Student Module

This module was developed in September 2013 by Emily Miller, Reading and Writing Center Supervisor for Annandale's LTR. Updated September 2015.

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Suggested Assignments and Assessments:

1. Using MLA In-Text Citations:

  • Test your student's in-text citation expertise with this exercise from Bedford:
  • Click here for exercise (Different from the PDF provided in the student module)

Use MLA In-Text Citations Student Module with:

Get more help using the MLA In-Text Citations Student Module:

Students needing more help with MLA in-text citations should contact the Annandale Reading and Writing Center.

  • Please visit the For Faculty tab for information on tutoring services, referring students, and requesting instructional workshops.

Students needing help finding and evaluating sources should contact NOVA Libraries.

  • Faculty can schedule an instructional session with a librarian using the Schedule Instructionlink in the For Faculty section of the NOVA Libraries homepage.