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ENG 611: American National Literature: MLA Style

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Generating the MLA Citations for Your Research Paper

GALILEO can be a great starting point for generating the MLA citations for your annotated bibliography, but use caution when copying/pasting these citations into your document.

Not only do GALILEO citations come with some formatting issues (font, color, highlighting, etc.), but they've also been known to be incomplete and/or inaccurate at times.

When using a citation from GALILlEO (or one of its databases), always double-check the citation against an example from the Purdue OWL or an MLA style manual. Be sure to follow proper MLA capitalization rules for article titles and italicize the journal name (but not the volume number or issue number, if available).


Also make sure that your citation has been properly formatted according to MLA style rules:

Look for This Cite Option in ProQuest Databases:

An Article in an Online Scholarly Journal

Dolby, Nadine. “Research in Youth Culture and Policy: Current Conditions and Future Directions.” Social Work and Society: The International Online-Only Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2008, www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/60/362. Accessed 20 May 2009.

Wheelis, Mark. “Investigating Disease Outbreaks Under a Protocol to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.” Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 6, no. 6, 2000, pp. 595-600, wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/6/6/00-0607_article. Accessed 8 Feb. 2009.

An Article from an Online Database (or Other Electronic Subscription Service)

Alonso, Alvaro, and Julio A. Camargo. “Toxicity of Nitrite to Three Species of Freshwater Invertebrates.” Environmental Toxicology, vol. 21, no. 1, 3 Feb. 2006, pp. 90-94. Wiley Online Library, doi:10.1002/tox.20155.

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal, vol. 50, no. 1, 2007, pp. 173-96. ProQuest, doi:10.1017/S0018246X06005966. Accessed 27 May 2009.

A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection

Last name, First name. "Title of Essay." Title of Collection, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry.

Harris, Muriel. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One, edited by Ben Rafoth, Heinemann, 2000, pp. 24-34.

Swanson, Gunnar. "Graphic Design Education as a Liberal Art: Design and Knowledge in the University and The 'Real World.'" The Education of a Graphic Designer, edited by Steven Heller, Allworth Press, 1998, pp. 13-24.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is your "personal research assistant" . . . It's a "free, easy-to-use tool" that helps you to "collect, organize, cite, and share research."

What would I use Zotero for?

You would use Zotero to generate the citation for the journal article that you've written an abstract for.
"Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside [Microsoft] Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs."

How do I use Zotero?

Explore the information available on the TU Library's Zotero Research Guide in order to learn how to install Zotero, how to use Zotero to gather your citations, and how to use Zotero to generate your APA citation directly in Microsoft Word*.

*Zotero has provided the following documentation on integrating their citation services with the following word processing platforms: