MLA (8th edition) citations are built on the idea of containers (or units) using the following format:
Author. Title of source. Title of Container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.
Here are some notes to keep in mind:
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In-text citations should be integrated into the research paper, not left as stand-alone sentences.
-If there are two authors, use both last names and the page number. (Du Bois and Washington 179)
-If there are three or more authors, use the last name of the first author et al.,
and the page number. (Garcia et al. 28),
-If there is no author, use a shortened form of the title ("Virginia Woolf")
-If there is no page number, leave it out of the in-text citation.
-Use paragraph numbers only if they explicitly appear in the work. (par. 4)
-If something is being paraphrased, quotations are not necessary. However, an in-text citation is still required.
View this useful sample paper provided by the OWL at Purdue. The sample paper provides a sample text with easy to follow guidelines.