How to Cite a Quote from an Essay

See the expert answer on how to cite a quote from an essay.

Most essays will refer to other works with regards to other people’s research, opinions and even data. It is important that credit is given to those sources as well as allowing the reader to follow up on those sources of information should they want to.

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This is why when you write your essay you should cite the work that you are referring to. There are several styles of citations that you could use in much the way that there are several styles in which you should format your essay.

Structure of an in Text Citation

For this example we will look at how to cite works in MLA style within the text of your work. The important factors are the name of the author and the page on which the information you are making reference to lays. If you are quoting from more than one publication by the same author then you will also need the publication name.

In text citations are very brief and should relate to your works cited page or bibliography so that the reader can find more information regarding the works that you are making reference to.

A series of examples of the use of MLA in text citation:

  •  Wayne states that “the death penalty is the best deterrent against this particular criminal element within our society” (102).
  •  Others would argue against this and say that “the death penalty is the best deterrent against this particular criminal element within our society” (Wayne 102).
  •  Wayne argues strongly for maintaining the death penalty for this criminal element (102).

Other styles use slightly different requirements for their citations. APA format for instance also requires the inclusion of the date of publication for the cited work. Therefore, for the example above in APA format they would be written:

  •  Wayne (2012) states that “the death penalty is the best deterrent against this particular criminal element within our society” (p. 102).

Others would argue against this and say that “the death penalty is the best deterrent against this particular criminal element within our society” (Wayne, 2012, p. 102).

  •  Wayne (2012) argues strongly for maintaining the death penalty for this criminal element (p. 102).

Other styles have similar ways of citing text within the body of your work but all are fairly similar following the structures shown above.

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