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The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. The day we meet our adventurous crew is the single worst.  Thursday of Arthur Dent's life. "'Funny,' he intoned funereally, 'how just when you think life can’t possibly get any worse it suddenly does.'" Sadly, it is not just Arthur who is having a bad day. This particular Thursday, is the Thursday earth is udderly destroyed for a completely disappointing reason. There's only one who knew what was to take place, and he himself was not even from earth. Ford Prefect, best friend of Arthur is a smooth talking, blanket carrying person from the remote planet of Betelgeuse Five. “A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." As you were probably able to infer, Ford Prefect was not the name given to him by his parents, but instead the name of a car that was never popular, which he chose as his moniker, as to better fit in with the humans of earth. Our story begins with Arthur waking up early at his London flat. This was just like any other Thursday, except that outside, a demolition crew was beginning to destroy his house to create a highway bypass. This was news to Arthur...

The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. The day we meet our adventurous crew is the single worst.  Thursday of Arthur Dent's life. "'Funny,' he intoned funereally, 'how just when you think life can’t possibly get any worse it suddenly does.'" (Add In-text citation).Sadly, it is not just Arthur who is having a bad day. This particular Thursday, is the Thursday earth is udderly destroyed for a completely disappointing reason. There's only one who knew what was to take place, and he himself was not even from earth. Ford Prefect, best friend of Arthur is a smooth talking, blanket carrying person from the remote planet of Betelgeuse Five. “A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." (Add In-text citation). As you were probably able to infer, Ford Prefect was not the name given to him by his parents, but instead the name of a car that was never popular, which he chose as his moniker, as to better fit in with the humans of earth. Our story begins with Arthur waking up early at his London flat. This was just like any other Thursday, except that outside, a demolition crew was beginning to destroy his house to create a highway bypass. This was news to Arthur...

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Parenthetical citation examples:

  • Page specified, author mentioned in text:

  • If the author’s name already appears in the sentence itself then it does not need to appear in the parentheses. Only the page number appears in the citation - this is called ‘author prominent’ because it draws attention to the author.


    Sontag has theorized that collecting photographs is a way “to collect the world” (3).

  • Page specified, author not mentioned in text:

  • Include the author’s last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken in a parenthetical citation after the quote. This way of citing foregrounds the information being cited and is known as an ‘information prominent’.


    “To collect photographs is to collect the world” (Sontag 3).

    When the author is referred to more than once in the same paragraph, you may use a single MLA in-text citation at the end of the paragraph (as long as the work cannot be confused with others cited).

    If you are citing two works by the same author, you should put a comma after the author’s surname and add a shortened title to distinguish between them. If there are two authors with the same surname, be sure to include their first initial in your citation to avoid confusion.

    Works cited / bibliography example:

    Unlike an MLA in-text citation, you must include all of the publication information in your works cited entries.


    Franke, Damon. Modernist Heresies: British Literary History, 1883-1924. Ohio State UP, 2008.

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