Q. How do you use quotation marks when using in-text citations?


To do an in-text citation for a quotation:

  • When using a quote from an author, place an in-text citation after the quotation marks.
  • The citation contains the author's last name, the year the work was published, and the page number on which the quote appears.


"Companies that operate internationally should evaluate the target market" (Drucker, 2017, p. 305).

When using an online source, you would use a paragraph number instead of a page number: (Drucker, 2017, para. 5).

To cite an in-text citation for a paraphrase:

  • When using the ideas of another in your own words, quotation marks are not necessary.
  • After the paraphrase, cite the author of the idea used and the year. (Author's last name, Year).

On the References page, use the complete reference for the work.


Drucker, P. (2017) Title of book in italics. City, State where published: Publisher of book.

For other examples, see the APA Help Guide.

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  • Last Updated Aug 28, 2019
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