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MLA Style

A guide to MLA style citations for Lincoln Christian University students.

Quoting and Paraphrasing

Quoting and Paraphrasing:

MLA provides additional information on quoting, paraphrasing in MLA section 1.3 and section 3. You must give credit for the source and ideas where credit is due.  If in doubt, it is safer to cite.

When utilizing the author's name in the text to introduce an idea or quotation, known as a signal phrase, immediately after the quotation or paraphrased idea, place the specific page number in parentheses. See MLA section 3.5 for additional information.

The following paragraph gives examples of three parenthetical citations including the use of a signal phrase:

     As Hanmer, Greenberg, and Keshavarzian note “childhood is the most opportune time to break the cycle of poverty” as investing in “a child’s health, nutrition, education, and social, emotional, and cognitive development is an investment in a healthier, more literate, and ultimately, more productive and spiritually strong population” (53).  Religious communities possess the unique ability to transform views by providing spiritual encouragement, moral formation, and training and education (Foster 13).  Unlike international aid organizations and government entities, religious communities have the trust and confidence of their communities as well (Hanmer 53).

Block Quotations

Block quotations are used for quotations of more than 4 lines. 

Block quotations start on a new line with the entire quotation indented by 1/2 inch or 1 tab. 

MLA indicates a colon introduces a block quotation unless you choose to connect your text and the quote using grammar. 

The entire quotation should be double-spaced just like the remaining text and does not have quotation marks.

Punctuate the quotation exactly as it appears in the original source.

The parenthetical citation will appear immediately after the quotation with no period at the end.