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Citation Guide: E-Books

A guide to citing your sources

E-Books p. 187

Follow print format with the addition of database name (italicized), publication medium, and date of access. 

NOTE: URLs are not required. If you wish to add a static URL MLA suggests that the URL appear in angle brackets after the date of access. Break URLs only after slashes.

Milne, Antony. Sky Static: The Space Debris Crisis. Westport, CN: Greenwood, 2002.
    NetLibrary. Web. 19 Sept. 2009.

Cantor, Norman F., Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth. New York:
   Perfectbound, 2005. WVDeli. Web. 19 Sept. 2009.

Melton, Trish. Real Project Planning: Developing a Project Delivery Strategy. Oxford:
   Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007. ScienceDirect. Web. 19 Sept. 2009.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Entry from an electronic encyclopedia)

“Business Plan.” Encyclopedia of Small Business. Ed. Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier
   Hillstrom, 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2002: 142-46. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
   Web. 5 May 2009.

Credo Reference (Entry from an electronic encyclopedia)

"Spinach." Dictionary of Food: International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z. London: A&C
   Black, 2005. Credo Reference. Web. 22 September 2009.

Biography Resource Center (Entry from a biographical encyclopedia)

"Alvarez, Luis Walter." The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives Thematic Series: The
   1960s. Ed. William L. O'Neill and Kenneth T. Jackson. 2 vols. New York: Charles Scribner's
   Sons, 2003: Biography Resource Center Web. 17 July 2009.

* Note: Hanging indents

All MLA citations should be formatted with the first line of an entry flush left and successive lines indented 1/2 ". Use a hanging indent. Do not go by the spacing in the examples we're providing in this guide, as your screen's display format may be different.

If you are using Word follow the steps below. You can select options on the Indents and Spacing tab.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher, and then click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  2. In the Special list under Indentation, click Hanging, and then in the By box, set the amount of space that you want for the hanging indent. (0.5" = 1/2 inch)