The Modern Language Association (MLA) has designed a specific format for referencing electronic resources, including elements from the following list if available.  Note that, as of the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, the URL is no longer included in the citation.

  • Name of the editor/author if given
  • Title of the article (in quotations)
  • Title of the journal/book (underlined)
  • Title of the project, or database (underlined)
  • Electronic publication information, including version if available
  • Date of electronic publication or latest update
  • Name of any sponsoring institution of organization
  • Web  (do not include web address)
  • Date of access

Article in a Reference Database

"Fresco." Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 29 Mar. 1997.

Article in a Scholarly Journal, not in a database

Flannagan, Roy. "Reflections on Milton and Ariosto." Early Modern Literary Studies 2:3
     (1996) 16 pars. Web.  22 Feb. 1997.

Note that the number of paragraphs rather than page numbers can be given for scholarly articles if page numbering isn't available.

Article in a Magazine or E-Zine, not in a database

Landsburg, Steven E. "Who Shall Inherit the Earth?" Slate Web. 1 May 1997. Web. 2 May 1997.

Work from a Subscription Service database, such as Academic OneFile or Lexis-Nexis

Skeen, Catherine. "Projecting fictions: Gulliver's Travels, Jack Connor, and John Buncle. 

Early prose fiction: edges and limits of the novel." Modern Philology. 100: 3
     (2003) 330-360.  Academic Onefile. Web. 2 Jan. 2004.

Work from a scholarly database, such as JSTOR 

Patey, Douglas L. "Swift's Satire on "Science" and the Structure of Gulliver's Travels." ELH.
     58:4 (1991) 809-839. JSTOR. Web. 28 Jan. 2004.

Electronic Book

Use the catalog link when book is accessed through the DVC library catalog.

Korda, Natasha. Shakespeare's domestic economies: gender and property in early
     modern England. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania P. 2002. NetLibrary. Web.
     28 Jan. 2008.

For more information and examples--

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.

Copies available in both the Reference and Circulating collections.
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