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English Composition 1

Documenting Sources from Online Databases

The examples below illustrate how to document sources from online databases, such as ProQuest, FirstSearch, and JSTOR. Most of the sources found in online databases fall into one of two categories: (1) articles in scholarly journals and (2) articles in newspapers or magazines. (See Citing Online Sources for information about creating a Works Cited page for other sources from the Web.)  

Note that the punctuation and spacing is correct in the examples below. Any other spacing or punctuation is incorrect.

An Article in a Scholarly Journal

Felty, Darren. “Spatial Confinement in Hemingway’s ‘Cat in the Rain.’” Studies in Short Fiction 34.3 (1997): 363-69. FirstSearch. Web. 4 May 2009.

Each item in the citation is identified below:

  1. Felty, Darren. = Name of the author, with last name first
  2. “Spatial Confinement in Hemingway’s ‘Cat in the Rain.’” = Title of the article, in quotation marks
  3. Studies in Short Fiction = Title of the journal, italicized
  4. 34.3 (1997): = Volume number, issue number, and year of publication
  5. 363-69. = Page numbers for the complete article
  6. FirstSearch. = Name of the online database in which the article appears, italicized
  7. Web. = Medium for the source, which is the Web
  8. 4 May 2009. = Date when you accessed the source

An Article in a Magazine or Newspaper

Dowling, Claudia Glenn. "Twist of Fate." People Weekly 26 March 2001: 62-64. FirstSearch. Web. 4 August 2009.

Each item in the citation is identified below:

  1. Dowling, Claudia Glenn. = Name of the author, with last name first
  2. "Twist of Fate." = Title of the article, in quotation marks
  3. People Weekly = Title of the magazine or newspaper, italicized
  4. 26 March 2001: = Date of publication
  5. 62-64. = Page numbers for the complete article
  6. FirstSearch. = Name of the online database in which the article appears, italicized
  7. Web. = Medium for the source, which is the Web
  8. 4 August 2009. = Date when you accessed the source

Notes

This page was last updated on July 09, 2009. Copyright Randy Rambo, 2009.