The UVic Writer's Guide

The Two Parts of a Parenthetical Citation

There are two parts to the parenthetical citation:

  1. First the work is identified, usually by the author's name.
  2. Then the location of the quotation within the work is indicated, by page (chapter or line) number.

This is the basic format of the citation:

(Author Location)

In MLA style, there is no punctuation between the two parts of the citation, simply a space.

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