In-text citations are also called parenthetical citations.
When you use information from a source, you must say where you found the information by ending the sentence with the author's last name in parentheses. If the author isn't provided, include the title of the article instead.
If you need more examples beyond what is provided here, the University of Maryland has an extensive list.
A Works Cited for every example is provided below so that you can see how the in-text matches the full citation.
Place in-text citation at the end of the sentence you are paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting.
Matt Nelson's We Rate Dogs business brings in six figures a year (Bloom).
Matt Nelson, "refers to himself as the Dogfather" (Glum).
The height of a dog's tail when it wags can provide information about the dog's emotions (Gerry 61).
If you are citing more than one source in a sentence, list all the sources in the citation at the end of the sentence, separated by a semicolon.
Matt Nelson first shared his Twitter idea at an Applebee's (Bloom; Glum).
The characters, Arthur and Ben, are introduced to each other in a unique way (Albertalli and Silvera).
Since 2000, Asians have been the fastest growing racial group in the US (Backman et al.).
It is unknown why the girl baked her grandmother's ashes into the cookies ("California Student").
"California Student 'Baked Grandma's Ashes Into Cookies.'" BBC, 17 Oct.
2018, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45888446. Accessed on 17 Oct. 2018.
Albertalli, Becky, and Adam Silvera. What If It's Us. Harper Teen, 2018.
Backman, Antonio, et al. "Asian American Teen Fiction: An Urban Public Library Analysis." The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, vol. 9, no. 1,
YALSA, July 2018, http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Asian-American-Teen-Fiction_Backman_.pdf. Accessed on 17 Oct. 2018.
Bloom, Ester. "How Matt Nelson of We Rate Dogs Turned a College Side-Hustle Into a Six-Figure Business."
CNBC, NBC Universal, 19 July 2017, https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/19/we-rate-dogs-matt-nelson-turned-a-college-side-hustle-into-a-business.html. Accessed on 17 Oct. 2018.
"California Student 'Baked Grandma's Ashes Into Cookies.'" BBC, 17 Oct.2018, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45888446. Accessed on 17 Oct.
Gerry, Lisa M. Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggie Devotion. Washington, D.C., National Geographic, 2014.
Glum, Julie. "This 21-Year-Old Quit College to Rate Dogs on the Internet. He's Now Making Six Figures."
Time, 3 Apr. 2018, http://time.com/money/5225272/weratedogs-matt-nelson-interview/. Accessed on 17 Oct. 2018.
Kelly, John. "A Supreme D.C. Bucket List: Readers Share Their Only-in-Washington Experiences." The Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2018,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-supreme-dc-bucket-list-readers-share-their-only-in-washington-experiences/2018/10/16/18bf139a-d155-11e8-b2d2-f397227b43f0_story.html?utm_term=.bc883dbcf9a4. Accessed on 17 Oct. 2018.
---. "Waiters Ignore Me. People Cut In Front of Me. Why Can't They See Me?" The Washington Post, 16 Sept. 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local
/waiters-ignore-me-people-cut-in-front-of-me-why-cant-they-see-me/2018/09/16/706f1748-b954-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html?utm_term=.e4ce1ca5deb7. Accessed on 17 Oct. 2018.