MLA In-Text Citations | Format & Examples

MLA in-text citations should include the author’s last name and page number in parentheses immediately after the cited material.

For sources with two authors, the citation should include both authors’ names connected with “and.”

For sources with three or more authors, include the first author’s name followed by “et al.” to indicate that the other authors’ names are omitted.

The key for MLA citations is that the in-text citation must correspond with the relevant entry on your Works Cited page.

MLA in-text citation examples
Number of authors Examples
One author (Kinsley 46).
Two authors (Kinsley and Eong 79–81)
Three or more authors Kinsley et al. 92, 95)

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