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How to Cite Two Sentences in a Row Using the Same Author

Updated November 21, 2016

APA Style

Begin your first paraphrased sentence with a reference to the author, such as, "According to John Doe...".

Continue paraphrasing for up to four sentences. If you are going to paraphrase for more than four sentences, add another reference to the author, such as, "John Doe also believes..." at the beginning of the fifth sentence.

Include a parenthetical citation at the end of the last paraphrased sentence that includes the date of publication, such as "...(1993)."

MLA Style

Begin your first paraphrased sentence with a reference to the author, such as, "According to John Doe...".

Continue paraphrasing for up to four sentences. If you are going to paraphrase for more than four sentences, add another reference to the author, such as, "John Doe also believes..." at the beginning of the fifth sentence.

Include a parenthetical citation at the end of the last paraphrased sentence that includes the page number(s) you are citing from, such as "...(56-58)." If you have more than one book by the same author in your references, include a shortened title in your citation to differentiate the source, such as "...("Title" 56-58)."

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Tips

  • Know which writing style you are expected to use to make the task of completing your citations and reference list easier.

Warnings

  • Properly document and cite all of your references in a bibliography or reference list to avoid issues with plagiarism.

Things Needed

  • Bibliography or reference list

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