Definitions for "parenthetical reference"
Keywords:  cited, citation, parentheses, mla, text
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.