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How to Cite a Journal Articles From a Database in MLA Referencing

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The full form of MLA is Modern Language Association. This an organisation that is focused for the language and literature. The MLA guidelines are followed by various universities for their regular college assignments and the research papers. Most of the time the subjects that use MLA style.

The MLA regulates its handbook of the rules and regulations for referencing. Currently there are 8th edition of the handbook. The standard of the work of the scholars work is judged by this reference using. The citations are used to concrete the argument the scholar is trying to establish. Other than acknowledging the work of others the citations gives scope to the readers to explore the work used for the research paper help.

In the previous versions of MLA, the referencing style for books and articles were different. In the 8th edition of the guidelines, all the formats are made similar. Other than that use of ‘containers’ is new in this edition. These are the source from where a work is sited. For example, a song is taken from an album, hence the album is the container. The use of URLs are encouraged in the new versions.

The use of information of the sources are organised in following way in MLA referencing-“Author's Last name, First name. "Title of Source." Title of Container, other contributors, version, numbers, publisher, publication date, location, Page number”.

Example: Ryan, Damian. Understanding digital marketing: marketing strategies for engaging the digital generation. Kogan Page Publishers, 2016. When the number of authors are more than three, ‘et al.” is used after the surname of the first author in the in-text citing. In the in-text citing name of the creator of the source and the page number of the mentioned part is written. For example: "Jim never got back with a bucket of water under an hour - and even then somebody generally had to go after him" (Twain 8) or “Twain went on to say, "Jim never got back with a bucket of water under an hour - and even then somebody generally had to go after him (8)” In mentioning the sources for the quotes, if there is no page number, the chapter number or any other information like that would be mentioned. "It'll be the death of both of you, I can see it coming. We can't all work as hard as we have to and then come home to be tortured like this, we can't endure it" (Kafka, chap. III). Unlike the APA and Harvard referencing, in MLA referencing, no abbreviation of the author names are used. The name of the author is reversed in position and used in reference list. Most important part of MLA referencing is the year that is cited at the end of the referencing.