Direct Quotations Examples


tattooremoval.jpg Here are two examples of direct quotations in the MLA style:

  • "Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo" (US Food and Drug Admin.)
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one way to remove a tattoo is "by laser treatment, which delivers short flashes of light at very high intensities to the skin to break down the tattoo ink."

In the second example, the author of the quotation is used to introduce the quotation and does not need to be included at the end of the sentence. If there were a page number for the source, this would be still be included in parentheses at the end in the MLA style.

Here's a link to the original article:

The full citation for these quotations would be included on the Works Cited page at the end of the paper:


Works Cited

US Food and Drug Admin. Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe? US Food and Drug Admin. US Food and Drug Admin., Oct. 2009.Web. 19 June 2012.



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