- MLA is for English papers.
- APA is for Psych or medical papers.
- In-text citations should back up an idea being explained or presented.
- Try to use as much of an intro for the source to lead into the quote itself.
- If an author's name is available, use it to emphasize the value of the source.
- If the source itself is identifiable (book, magazine, web site), illustrate that too, along with the relevant info.
- If ENOUGH "intro" is offered, that's fine. It should still match the Works Cited (or Bibliography) listing.
In his online article "Inside the College Classroom," Mitch Lopate, instructor at Brookdale Community College, illustrates several techniques for "the art of effective writing by any student who wants to improve his or her grade."
but the article title is available?
article title in quotes AFTERWARD:
- "College students need more work in research papers" ("Campus Writing").
If it's in print, the page number itself follows the author, but NO comma between name and page #:
- "College students need more work on research papers" (Lopate 13).