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MLA 8 for ESL: Citations from Article Databases

Citations from Article Databases

When you cite websites or articles you find on the web using Google, you will need to create citations for these sources yourself. 

However, when you search using a library article database, the citations for the sources you choose will be cited for you.  

For example, when you search the Gale Virtual Reference Library article database, you can find the citation here:


When you email the article to yourself, the citation will also appear in the text of your email message.

Question: Should I check the citation to make sure it's formatted correctly?

Answer: The Answer is always YES.

Often, there will be errors. You should use the MLA 8 Quick Guide to make sure Core Elements are in the correct order, have correct punctuation, etc.

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