Answered By: Judi Moreno MLS, CAS Literacy Ed. Last Updated: Apr 26, 2017 Views: 5
In-text citations (or parenthetical citations) tell your instructor which source you used in a certain part of your paper. Use in-text citations anytime you use someone else's ideas, whether you paraphrase it or quote it.
The Owl at Purdue provides some good examples: for MLA use: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/ for APA use: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
The following example is from NoodleTools. The source is at the top (how it appears on your Works Cited page) and below, an example of an in-text citation is given