a citation placed in parentheses in the text of your paper
a reference within the body of your paper to one of the sources in your reference list
A citation or reference that is placed within parentheses within the text of a document or publication. In-text citations are an abbreviated reference to the full citation that appears in the Works Cited list.
In MLA style, a reference in the text which points to a specified source in the "Works Cited" list. Consists of author and page number.
A brief citation within the body of a text that indicates the source of the information being used and that clearly refers to the full citation in a Works Cited list. See Formatting a Parenthetical Citation in this manual.