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Does mla need page numbers?


MLA citation format usually requires indicating page numbers, when available. For many online sources, there are no page numbers available. In those instances, you may need to include references to paragraphs.

What if I Don't Have a Page Number in an MLA In-Text ?

In MLA format, using borrowed words and ideas requires you to include an in-text citation that gives the author's last name and a page number. As the seventh edition of the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" explains, the text must include enough detail that your reader can find the source on the Works Cited page.

How do I cite a source with no author or page numbers in MLA? If a source has no author, start the MLA Works Cited entry with the source title. Use a shortened version of the title in your in-text citation. If a source has no page numbers, you can use an alternative locator (e.g. a chapter number, or a timestamp for a video or audio source) to identify the relevant passage in your in-text citation.

What should I include in parentheses if ? For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook. As the MLA Handbook notes, “When a source has no page numbers or any other kind of part number, no number should be given in a parenthetical citation” (56). The following example illustrates this principle:

What kind of number do I put in the ?

If the poem is longer than a page and is not published with explicit numbers marking lines or other parts, cite page numbers (as you would for a work in prose) if the poem is in print. If no page numbers are present (as is often the case online), none can be cited.

How to Cite Using MLA Format in Parenthetical Page Numbers ? When the work does not provide page numbers, state "n. pag." Format your paper according to MLA formatting guidelines for margins, fonts, paper size, etc. When citing page numbers that are not in sequence, include only the first page number followed immediately by a plus sign. When citing common literature, include the page number first, along

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