When writing your paper, you need to provide an in-text citation that tells the reader which of your sources the information came from. This citations shows up within the paper as either part of the introductory phrase of the sentence or in parentheses at the end of the sentence.
"An in-text citation begins with the shortest piece of information that directs your reader to the entry in the Works Cited list. Thus it begins with whatever comes first in the entry" (usually the author). A second 'location" component will also often be included, if available. Examples of second components are page numbers; line numbers; and time stamps (Modern Language Association 227-228).
In-text citations must be included for both direct quotations and paraphrases.
According to Smith, the number of students relying on citation software has increased (234).
The number of students relying on citation software has increased (Smith 234).
This in-text citation points the reader to the Works Cited page to find the complete citation.
*For in-text citations use et al. Example: (Smith et al.)
*For a Works Cited page use et al. Example:
Smith, David, et al. "The Importance of a Works Citation Page." Citation Machine, vol. 24, no. 2, Spring 2015, pp. 107-108. Academic Search Complete, ezproxy.hacc.edu/login?quil=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ebscohose.com %2flogin.aspx%fdirect%3dtrue%26db%3da9h%26AN%3d2491181%26site%dehost-live%26scope%dsite.