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Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr., Tutorial and Enrichment Center, Paine College, Augusta, GA Prepared by Carole D. Overton, Director page 5
Using the MLA Style Handbook 6
th
Edition rev. 6/19/08 web
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REFERENCES/CITATIONS IN TEXT
It is extremely important that you give credit to authors when you use their ideas and/or their
words. There are 3 basic situations:
1. GIVING CREDIT FOR IDEAS
If you are giving credit to authors for an idea but have not used their actual words, you must
give the author’s last names (and page number if necessary).
Suicide is a major cause of death among teenagers today (Husain and
Vandiver 97).
Husain and Vandiver note that teens are also aware of the general alienation
common today and fear an insecure and changing world (116).
2. SHORT QUOTATIONS
If you are using a short quote (up to 4 typed lines), you should incorporate it into your text
and use double quotation marks before and after it. You must give the author(s) and
page number. Put the period after this reference information, not after the words of the
quotation.
Another frequent factor in suicide is depression which, Glasser notes,
“frequently occurs when we are rejected” (48).
“The first thing a teacher can do is to listen carefully to what the
adolescent wishes to tell him/her” (Powers 562).
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