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How to Cite ANY Source in MLA Format (In-text Citations)

In this video, I show you how to cite any source in MLA format. I not only show you how to cite your sources but I cover the purpose of in-text or parenthetical citations which will help you avoid plagiarism.

So whether if it is a website, article, book, play, you know the author or don’t or it has multiple authors, I cover it all. If you have a quote, piece of evidence, or fact that you want to cite in your essay, check out this video.

I used this source in my video so here is my citation: Purdue Writing Lab. “MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics.” Purdue Writing Lab,

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You can either watch the entire video or use the time stamps down below to help you find exactly the source you are trying to cite:

  • 0:00 Introduction to In-text Citations
  • 0:17 Purpose of In-text Citations
  • 0:55 How to Avoid Plagiarism
  • 2:07 Cite Source with Known Author in MLA
  • 2:36 Cite Source from Organization in MLA
  • 2:50 How Do You Cite if You Don’t Know the Author?
  • 3:07 Cite Classic Literary Work with Multiple Editions in MLA
  • 3:23 Authors with the Same Last Name in MLA
  • 3:32 Cite Source with Two Authors in MLA
  • 3:42 Cite Source with More than Two Authors in MLA
  • 3:58 Cite Different Sources by the Same Author in MLA
  • 4:18 Cite Multivolume Work in MLA
  • 4:27 Cite the Bible in MLA
  • 4:46 Cite a Source in a Source in MLA
  • 5:17 Cite Online Source in MLA
  • 5:42 Cite Online Magazine or Website in MLA
  • 5:59 Cite Film or Movie in MLA
  • 6:05 Cite a Lecture in MLA
  • 6:10 Cite Multiple Authors in the Same Sentence in MLA
  • 6:19 Cite Video in MLA
  • 6:29 How Do I Cite a Short Quote?
  • 6:35 How Do I Cite a Long Quote?
  • 6:42 How Do I Add Words to a Quote?
  • 6:46 How Do I Omit Words to a Quote?
  • 6:53 Review, Revise and Edit Your Work
Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.