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Should I end my sentence with a period before my in-text citation?



This question is part of MLA Citation Practice Quiz
Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Nov 18, 2020

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J. Emmerich

J. Emmerich

J. Emmerich
J. Emmerich, Web Content Writer, New York City

Answered Jan 23, 2019

This is actually a great question and one that many people, especially students get wrong. When providing an in-text citation, the period always comes after the citation.

If you end the sentence before giving the in-text citation, it no longer is clear what the citation is referring to and is a big mistake for MLA citations. MLA is just one of the different citation and writing styles that students may be required to use. APA format is another very common style usually used in college and in the sciences.

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Wyatt Williams

Wyatt Williams

Wyatt Williams
Wyatt Williams

Answered Nov 03, 2017

False

Periods always FOLLOW the citation.
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