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Citation and Documentation Guide

Guidelines and examples of citing information using MLA, APA, and other formats.

MLA: Library Subscription Databases: Full-Text Articles

Helterman, Jeffrey. "Arthur Miller." Twentieth-Century American Dramatists. Ed. John MacNicholas. Detroit: Gale Research, 1981. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 7. 86-111. Literature Resource Center. Web. 11 Feb. 2010.

Haddock, Vicki. "Are We Ready for a Woman President?; U.S. Lags Rest of World in Putting Women in Positions of Real Political Power." San Francisco Chronicle 29 Apr. 2007: E1. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 5 Aug. 2009.

Sivy, Michael. "When Stocks Get Smacked." Money 34.3 (2005): 82-5. Business Source Complete. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. 

MLA: Library Subscription Databases: Abstract

Borenstein, Daniel. "Gray Memories." California Journal 34.11 (2003): 34. Abstract. Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Feb. 2010.

MLA: Library Subscription Databases: Legal Case

Cisneros v. Alpine Ridge Group. 508 US 10. 1993. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 10 June 2004.

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center v. City of San Antonio. Cause No. SA-98-CA-0696-OG. US Dist. Ct. for the Western Dist. of TX, San Antonio Div. 15 May 2001. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 26 Jan. 2004. 

MLA: Basic Format for Electronic Sources

The following elements should be listed in the numerical order in which they appear. If an element is not applicable, proceed directly to the next element, and continue to the final element of the citation:

  1. Name of the author, editor, narrator, performer, or translator of the work.
  2. Title of the work (italicized if the work is independent; in roman type and quotation marks if the work is part of a larger work).
  3. Title of the overall Web site (italicized), if distinct from item 2.
  4. Version or edition used (if applicable).
  5. Publisher or sponsor of the site; if not available use n.p.
  6. Date of publication (day, month, and year, as available); if nothing is available, use n.d.
  7. Medium of publication, e.g., Web.
  8. Date of access (day, month, and year).

MLA: Basic Format for Print Periodical Publications (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers)

Basic Format for Periodical Print Publications (Newspapers, Magazines, Journals)

  1. Name of the author(s); corporate author, or anonymous author.
  2. Title of the work (in quotation marks).
  3. Name of periodical (italicized).
  4. Series number or name.
  5. Volumenumber.issue number, if available.
  6. Date of publication (day, month, and year, as available).
  7. Page numbers.
  8. Medium of publication, e.g., Print.

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