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Finding How to Cite When Using the Library Databases

PMC U.S. Library of Medicine - Open Source

PMC - U.S. Library of Medicine - Open Source

Below is an open source article from OneSearch. Note how it states that it is open source on the left. Many reputable journals are now published in an open source format. 

OneSearch Open Access

 

Unlike some open source materials, this database show you how to find the citation to the article.

 

PMC article arrow to citation

 

Choose the MLA citation style. Copy and paste into your Works Cited page. 

 

Open source citation

 

You will need to correct a few items in the citation above:

  • Capitalize the first letters of the main words of the article and journal  titles.
  • Add access date at the end of the citation. For example: Accessed 23 Nov. 2020. 
  • Double space and create a hanging indent. 

If an open source article does not show you how to cite, you may go back to the OneSearch result and click on the quotation marks. 

 

OneSearch arrow to citation

 

Choose MLA citation style. 

 

OneSearch arrow to MLA

 

 

OneSearch citations usually provide the basic information or the beginning of the MLA citation. 

OneSearch MLA citation

 

Copy and paste into your Works Cited. 

You will need to:

  • Add access date. For example: Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.
  • Add name of database or D.O.I. 
  • Double space and create a hanging indent. 

 

ProQuest databases

ProQuest Databases

The article you have chosen might look like the one below in your OneSearch results. 

OneSearch article PQ

 

 

The ProQuest databases will show you have to cite your articles. 

PQ arrow to Cite

 

Choose MLA. 

 

PQ choose MLA

 

 

The ProQuest databases usually provide a fairly accurate citation. 

PQ MLA add access date

 

Copy and paste into your Works Cited page. 

You will need to:

  • Add access date. For example: 23 Nov. 2020.
  • Double space and create hanging indent. 

 

EBSCOhost Databases

EBSCOhost Databases

 

Below is an EBSCOhost database article in the OneSearch results. 

OneSearch EBSCO article

 

EBSCOhost databases will show you how to cite the item. 

 

EBSCO arrow to cite

 

Choose MLA format. 

 

EBSCO MLA citation

 

Copy and paste into your Works Cited page. 

You will need to:

  • Add access date. For example: 23 Nov. 2020.
  • Double space and create hanging indent if it does not copy into your paper. 

 

eBook - ProQuest eBook Central

eBook - ProQuest eBook Central

 

Below is an ebook from ProQuest Ebook Central. ProQuest will show you how to cite it. 

 

PQ eBook arrow to cite

 

Be sure to choose MLA in the drop down box. 

 

PQ ebook MLA citation

 

 

Copy and paste the citation to your Works Cited page. 

You will need to: 

  • Add access date. For example: 23 Nov. 2020.
  • Double space and create a hanging indent. 

 

Video - Alexander Street

Video - Alexander Street 

 

Most of the library video databases will show you how to cite. Below is an example from an Alexander Street video. 

 

Alexander Street arrow to cite

 

Click on cite and choose MLA format. 

 

Alexander Street MLA citation

 

Copy and paste the citation into your Works Cited page. 

You will need to:

  • Add the access date. For example: 23 Nov. 2020.
  • Double space and create a hanging indent. 

 

Print Book

Print Book

You will need to create your own citation for a print book. An easy to use citation generator is KnightCite. An MLA citation to a book is shown below. 

Print book MLA citation

Other Examples

Additional MLA examples may be found at the MLA Citation Style Library Research Guide