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ENG 023 - Dr. Herr: MLA - Places to look for help

This Guide accompanies the library session for Dr. Herr's class for the research paper on Shelley's Frankenstein

MLA -- Places to look for HELP

For MLA online, use the Online Writing Lab (OWL) program from Purdue University.

Click here to go directly to the MLA page.

Use the frame on the left to find how to cite different formats in your bibliography, and how to cite sources within your analysis.

Use the HELP in Microsoft Word  

and type in MLA Format to see a list of guides and web pages that can help.

Make sure you are using the 2009, seventh edition of MLA and your version of MS Office.

There are also a number of tutorials on YouTube

Citing Electronic Journal Articles in MLA format

MLA for Journal Articles from the Library's databases:

Junge, Wolfgang, and Nathan Nelson. “Nature's Rotary Electromotors.”Science 29 Apr. 2005: 642-44. Science Online. Web. 5 Mar. 2009.

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal 50.1 (2007): 173-96. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

Note: If you are copying the citation from a Library Database, such as EBSCO, watch for common mistakes in the CITE function in databases. You will need to:

  1. add the Hanging Idention of 1/2 inch for each citation

  2. check the capitalization.  In MLA you do NOT capitalize  articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle.

  3. check your italics.  In MLA both the title of the journal and the name of the database are  put in italics.