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Quoting Sources Using MLA Basic In-Text Citation Rules When incorporating research into your essays, it’s important to follow the 5-Step process . Step #1: Introduce the author, title , and type of source. The first time you do this, you should use the author’s full name and provide a bit of credibility (an important fact or two about the author). After that, you may simply use the author’s last name. If you are only including one source by this author, you do not need to keep referring to the source title unless you introduce other outside sources into the same paragraph. When in doubt, the more information you include, the less your reader will be confused. Step #2: Contextualize your quote or paraphrase. Let the reader know what the author was discussing in the piece overall or leading up to the quote/paraphrase you are going to use. That way, your reader is not confused. You should always do this. Step #3: Include the actual quote or paraphrase using MLA formatting. Include a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence with the page number where you got the quote/paraphrase. Step #4: Explain the quote. By explaining the quote in your own words (paraphrasing), this demonstrates to your reader that you understand the point the author was making. Step #5: Analyze the quote. Analyzing the quote helps the reader figure out why it is significant in relation to what you are talking about in your essay. (Don’t make the reader guess as to why you’re including it). This should include you explicitly connecting the author’s idea to your topic sentence (assertion) or to a point you were making within the body paragraph. Complete Student Example Using the 5-Step Process: (Steps 1 & 2 ) Damien Cave, writer and Phillips Foundation Fellow, wrote an article called “On Sale at Old Navy: Cool Clothes for Identical Zombies,” where he discusses the detrimental effects consumerism has on the general public. (Step 3 ) He argues, “When people spend so much time buying, thinking and talking about products, they don’t have time for anything else, for real conversations about politics or culture or for real interaction with people” (Cave 29). (Step 4 ) What Cave is trying to assert is that American citizens’ obsession with consumerism can negatively affect their relationships with important issues in society, and especially other people. (Step 5 ) This Dr. Pepper advertisement is a perfect example of this quote because the Dr. Pepper beverage is portrayed to be more entertaining and satisfying when compared to the conversation with the man. By having the woman imagine a much more content atmosphere while
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