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In text citations are placed after any information taken from an outside source. Information can be quoted, paraphrased, or summarized but it must include a citation. If a citation appears in text, it must appear on the reference page at the end of the paper.
MLA follows an author-page number citation system which allows readers to easily locate the source of your information in your works cited list.
If the author's name appears in-text, include the page number in parenthesis directly afterwards.
Tannen has argued this point (178-85).
Otherwise, include the author's name and page number at the end of the sentence, inside the end punctuation.
This point has already been argued (Tannen 178-85).