In-Text Citations (see pages 54 - 58, 116 - 128 of the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition)
In the body of your paper, use parenthetical documentation (Chapter 5 of MLA Handbook). The purpose of your documentation is for your readers to be able to locate the sources which you cite in your text when they look at your bibliography ("Works Cited") located at the end of your paper. You give the minimum of information necessary for your readers to do this, such as just the author's last name and the page(s) to which you refer.
This point has already been argued (Tannen 178-85).
Tannen has argued this point (178-85).
Shakespeare's King Lear has been called a "comedy of the grotesque" (Frye, Anatomy 237).
Others hold the opposite point of view (e.g., Kerrigan and Braden 210-15).
A New York Times editorial called Ralph Ellison "a writer of universal reach" ("Death").
There is little evidence here for the claim that "Eagleton has belittled the gains of postmodernism" (Chan, par.41).
"As we read we . . . construct the terrain of a book" (Hollmichel), something that is more difficult when the text reflows on a screen.
Austen begins the final chapter of Mansfield Park with a dismissive "Let other pens dwell," thereby announcing her decision to avoid dwelling on the professions of love made by Fanny and Edmund (533; vol.3, ch.17).
Buffy's promise that "there's not going to be incidents like at my old school" is obviously not one on which she can follow through ("Buffy" 00:03:16-17).