Answered By: Rebecca Sedam
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2016     Views: 177

Fortunately, you have the necessary components for a citation: author, source, title of article, name of database, etc.  Now all you need is a guide or mechanism to help you reformat the information to meet MLA 7 citation style standards.

EasyBib is one such "mechanism" for creating a citation.  Our Cite It Right research guide offers information on setting up an Oakton EasyBib account. I used it to create the following:

Hickok, Ralph. "Jackson, Shoeless Joe." The Encyclopedia of North American Sports History. 2nd ed. New York: Facts on File, 2002. American History Online. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.

According to EasyBib, "MLA 7 says to leave out the URL unless the source cannot be located without it or if instructor requires it." However, we can (and should) proofread the EasyBib-generated citation by reviewing the MLA citation guidance provided by the Facts on File database itself:

Format: Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Entry Title." Book Title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Publication Year. Database Name. Database Company. Medium of publication consulted. Date. <Source URL>.

Based on the example above, the following and final recommended MLA-formatted citation includes the database company.  Again, inclusion of the URL is up to you (or your instructor).

Hickok, Ralph. "Jackson, Shoeless Joe." The Encyclopedia of North American Sports History. 2nd ed. New York: Facts on File, 2002. American History Online. Facts on File. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.


 

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