How to Use Parenthetical Citations


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Hannah is using the APA style guide to write her paper. In her writing she states that chicken pox are a direct result of too much sugar. She is using information from the following sources to back up her claim: Barry Blue's 1954 research, Harry Hat's 2011 research, and Margo Mossi's 1876 research. Which of the following would be the correct parenthetical citation for these multiple resources?

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1. Roger is writing a paper in MLA format. He is using a quote from page 242 of Why the Squirrel Stole the Nut, written by Barry Jones in 2016. Which of the following shows the parenthetical citation that Roger should use in his writing?

2. In APA style, how many authors does there need to be for a work before you use et al.?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo allows you to quickly assess what you know about parenthetical citations in research papers. You will be quizzed on the formats used in the two common style formats.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For this quiz, you must be able to:

  • Identify the term used to describe the set of rules addressing paper and citation formats
  • Choose a correct example showing a parenthetical citation in MLA format
  • Discuss when to use 'et al.' in APA style
  • Describe which disciplines use APA style
  • Tell which style guide includes the date of publication in the parenthetical citation

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as details about APA style
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the style that includes publication dates in the parenthetical citation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to select an example of a citation in MLA format

Additional Learning

You can find out more details when you use the lesson titled How to Use Parenthetical Citations. Information contained in this lesson includes:

  • What MLA and APA stand for
  • Why parenthetical citations are used
  • What the list of sources is called in the MLA and APA style
  • Examples of parenthetical citations used in both styles
  • Differences in parenthetical citations in the MLA and APA styles