Parenthetical citations are an easy way to tell your reader where you got the information that you are passing on to them. Parenthetical citations are used whenever: You use a direct quotation from another source You paraphrase information from another source You summarize information from another sourceA parenthetical citation often looks something like this: (Travis 32). It usually lists just theauthor’s last name and the page number where the information can be found. Keep it as brief as possible. The parenthetical citation gives the information that your reader needs to find complete information on the Works Cited page.