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Humanities: Digital Sources

Scholarly Articles - Digital

Article from a Library Database

Welter, Barbara. "The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820-1860." American Quarterly

18.2 (1966): 151-174. JSTOR. Web. 8 Aug. 2009.

 Article Published on the Web

 Davis, Rebecca L. " 'Not Marriage at All but Simple Harlotry': The Companionate

            Marriage Controversy." Journal of American History 94.4 (2008):

            n. pag. Web. 8 Aug. 2009.

Magazines - Digital

Magazine Article from a Library Database

Lowry, Thomas P. "The Army's Licensed Prostitutes." Civil War Times Illustrated

          Dec. 2002: 30. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 July 2009.

Web Documents

Entire Website

United States. Dept. of the Interior. National Park Service. Women’s Rights National


           Historical Park. N.p., 28 May 2009. Web. 14 July 2009.


Section of a Website - No Publisher

Lavender, Catherine.  “Making It Their Own: Women in the West.” WestWeb. N.p., 2001.

           Web.  14 July 2009.


Section of a Website - No Date

“Bill Clinton: 1993-2001.” The White House. The White House,

          n.d. Web. 20 July 2009.


N.p. is the abbreviation for no publisher.

n.d. is the abbreviation for no date.

Please note: Include the URL only when the reader probably cannot locate the source without it.

Newspaper Article (Digital)

From a Library Database

Albergotti, Reed. “The Dunk That Made History.” Wall Street Journal 20 Mar. 2009,

          Eastern ed.: W5. Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 July 2009.

From the Web

Baker, Peter, and Jeff Zeleny. “Obama Hails Judge As Inspiring.” New York Times.

          New York Times. 26 May 2009. Web. 20 July 2009.



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Tips That Help

Follow the style guide – ALWAYS.   Don’t agonize about why the guide tells you to do something, just do it!


Be consistent.  If the style guide says to use italics for the title of the book or journal (and MLA does) use italics ALWAYS.


Don’t mix style guides.  MLA and APA cannot be used simultaneously in a paper.  Choose one and stick to it.


If you don’t know how to cite a particular source, look it up.  The style guide has thought of nearly every type of source.


Print off, save, or copy the citation of the source you consulted, when you consult it. Don’t say, “I’ll do it later,” or “I am not sure I want to use this source, I’ll go back to it if I do.”  Going back later without the citation is often impossible.