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Should there be a period after the citation of the quote in an essay?For example The...

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lovekblue | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM via web

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Should there be a period after the citation of the quote in an essay?

For example

The author is Jane, and page number is 20

"AAAAAAAAAA." (Jane 20)  BBBBBBBB

And now i need to have a new sentance, so should i put a period after (Jane 20) which is

"AAAAAAAAAA." (Jane 20).  BBBBBBBB

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM (Answer #2)

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You need only one period, to end your own sentence, even if the sentence you are quoting ends with a period.  You simply don't need to quote the author's period.  You use your OWN period to end your OWN sentence, like this:

"AAAAAAAAAA" (Jane 20).  BBBBBBBB

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:54 AM (Answer #3)

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The above answer is a good way to think about it.  You are basically including the quotation and the citation (in parenthesis) in the same sentence.  So you put one period, after the parenthesis, and that is all.  This is true for MLA and most other methods.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM (Answer #4)

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Completely true. You only need one period to end any sentence. You can either use the period that is included in the quote if you want to end your sentence with the quote or just show the end of the quote with speech marks and then go on to end the sentence when you are ready.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM (Answer #5)

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The above are correct. You only need one period after the parenthesis. However, if you want more information on who to do in-text citations with a bunch of variations, then take a look at this website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/

It is from Purdue University and it gives a nice summary of MLA citation rules.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM (Answer #6)

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There would only be one period, but in rare cases their could be more punctuation. If you are quoting a question, a question mark would follow the quote inside the quotation marks. Then, there would still be a period after the citation in parenthesis. In most cases, the quotation will be a statement. In this case, the punctuation would go after the citation in parenthesis. The only time there would be more than one punctuation mark is if the quotation ends with punctuation other than a period.
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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM (Answer #7)

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In general, I always advocate putting a period after closing parenthesis. If you are quoting, you would format it as follows:

Here the quote "AAAAAAAA" (Jane 20) ends.
or
Here ends the quote: "AAAAAAAA" (Jane 20).

You never make the citation into its own sentence:

WRONG --> Here ends the quote "AAAAAAAA." (Jane 20).

Place the period inside the parenthesis only if the parenthetical statement is a separated sentence. (This one, for example.) But you wouldn't put the period inside otherwise (for example, here).

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