I need help in properly citing page numbers in an essay in MLA format.For example, I am writing an essay on Guns, Germs, and Steel. It says I have to include evidence properly cited in MLA format....

I need help in properly citing page numbers in an essay in MLA format.

For example, I am writing an essay on Guns, Germs, and Steel. It says I have to include evidence properly cited in MLA format. Would i give a quote, then at the end just put (19), as in the page it was found on? And if I am doing an essay on the book Night, would I do the same thing?

 

Since it's not a research paper, I wouldn't think I would need a works cited page or to include the author in the parenthesis.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are two different situations you will encounter in your writing.  In some cases, you are writing a paper with just one source, but in many instances, you will be writing a paper with more than one source.

In the case of the one source paper, the first time you use your source, you must put the author's last name in parentheses, then the page number.  Thereafter, just the page number in parentheses is sufficient.

But when you have more than one source, you are going to need to provide the author's last name and page number each time you use a source.  You can see that otherwise a reader could be confused.

In either case, you may also use the author's name in a signal phrase, for example:

According to Smith, "Jackson's story has one theme - Nazism" (23).

When you use the author's name in this manner, you do not need to add it in the parentheses.

Whether you need a Works Cited page is something that should always have clarified with your teacher.

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