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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