What is a Parenthetical Citation? - Definition & Examples

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What is the purpose of parenthetical citations?

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1. In MLA style formatting for the parenthetical citation, what is put in the citation in most cases?

2. In APA citations, what is included in the parenthetical citation for paraphrased text?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet examine the function of parenthetical citations and how they are written. You'll be tested on your knowledge of how they apply to different formats as well as specific examples of their composition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet is made up of questions involving:

  • The purpose served by parenthetical citations
  • The typical contents of parenthetical citations within MLA style formatting
  • What's contained in parenthetical citations for paraphrased text within APA citation form
  • Citing direct quotes using MLA and APA format

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between MLA and APA citation format
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of parenthetical citations as well as how to cite paraphrased text in APA format
  • Making connections - use your understanding of parenthetical citations to match described examples to the corresponding citation

Additional Learning

To learn more information about parenthetical citations, you can check out the adjoining lesson, What is a Parenthetical Citation? - Definition & Examples. This lesson consists of the following objectives:

  • Define parenthetical citations
  • Review how to use an ellipsis when quoting
  • Understand how to quote and cite a longer quote
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