Parenthetical Citations

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How detailed do I need to be with my parenthetical citations? I am using a website as a source with many different webpages. It is confusing because I don't know how detailed I need to be with web addresses. I must have 15 different webpages for the same site. Can I just put a basic web address as my source to cover all the web addresses on the site?

  • Parenthetical Citations -

    For your Works Cited page, you'll need the specific URL for each separate article you're using, even if they all stem from the same home page. But what you put in parenthetical citations (in-text citations) is different. Read the following and then re-post if you still have questions.

    You need to have each source of information cited in TWO places:

    1. the Works Cited page that is placed after the last page of your paper, and
    2. in parentheses in the text of your paper, immediately after the quotation or paraphrase.

    For example, this would go on the Works Cited page (with proper indentation for the second and following lines):

    Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. Chicago, 1903. Project Bartleby. Ed. Steven van Leeuwen. Dec. 1995. Columbia U. 2 Dec. 2003

    ... and this would go in the in-text citation or parenthetical citation:
    (Du Bois)

    The information in parentheses in the text needs to be as brief as possible. That's why there's a Works Cited page – for all the details of the listing.


    Here's a good place for information on citing in MLA format:
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    Hold your cursor over the words CITING SOURCES in the left column and then click on whatever type of source you need help with. Many examples will show up. You will get two examples for each type of reference – one for the Works Cited page and one for the parenthetical (in-text) citation.

    You can also see what a Works Cited page looks like – click on Sample Works Cited in the left column.

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