Transcript: This video will show how to create MLA works cited entries for database sources.
First, look at your handbook's directions for citing databases. I'm using the Diana Hacker online handbook.
A database citation usually has two parts: publication information about the source and information about the database. This means you will need to determine what type of source you are viewing (magazine, newspaper, journal article, etc.) and follow the citation information for that type of source.
Most databases have a citation generator of some sort. I recommend starting with that and then modifying it based on the handbook information.
On Opposing Viewpoints, use the Citation Tools link to generate a citation. Select MLA and download. The first citation is the one to use.
On ProQuest, click Cite this. APA is the default style, so select MLA from the dropdown menu.
On CQ Researcher, click CiteNow! Then select MLA style.
Once you have copied and pasted these to your works cited page, start identifying where there need to be modifications.
The Opposing Viewpoints source is from a book which we can see from the publication information. A book (like all other sources) requires an author, but this citation does not include one. If we look at the article, we can find the author and add it to the citation.
Many ProQuest sources are from magazines and newspapers. This one is from the LA Times, so it will follow newspaper format for the first half of the citation. One error in this citation is the order of the author's name. It should begin with the last name.
All CQ Researcher articles are journal articles. This citation is missing information about the database.
When all of these errors are fixed, it will look like this.
Here are the changes that were made.
You can check all of your citations against the handbook information.
Remember to double space your entries and use hanging indentation.