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BA 3900: Business in the Global Arena: MLA Citing

The guide serves as a class web page for BA 3900 as well as a research guide for international business research.

  How Do I Cite My Sources?

How do I cite items from a print-based source vs. a digital copy from a research database using MLA?


ARTICLES: (in-print sources)

Le Vine, Steve. “Pipeline Wars.” Business Week 25 Aug. 2008: 15-19. Print. 


Journal article:

Messner, Michael.  “Barbie Girls versus Sea Monsters: Children Constructing Gender.”  Gender and

            Society  14.6 (2000): 765-84.   JSTOR. Web.18 May 2004. 

Magazine article:

Grossman, Jeff.  “Maintain Your Brain.”  Psychology Today May-June 2004: 26.  Academic Search

            Complete.  Web.18 May 2004. 


Give individual or corporate author if listed. Then the report title. Then the publication date if listed (n.d. if none is given).  

Corporate author:

MarketLine. “Microsoft Corporation Company Profile”. 4 Sept. 2015. Business Source Complete. Web.

            20 Nov. 2015. 

No author listed

“Microsoft Corporation”. Hoover’s Company Records – In-Depth Records. 12 Aug. 2008. Lexis Nexis

            Academic. Web. 18 Aug. 2008. 

No author listed  No publication date given

“Microsoft Corporation”. America’s Corporate Finance Directory. n.d. Lexis Nexis Academic. Web. 18

             Aug. 2008. 

Industry report from IBISWorld

Basic format:

Author/Compiler of Report. “Company Profile Title.” Database Name. Date Published. Web. Date Viewed.


Brennan, Andy. "IBISWorld Industry Report 48533: Taxi & Limousine Services in the US." IBISWorld. Feb. 2014. Web. 5 June 2014.


Mintel Reports

Nanninga, Margie.  “Men’s Personal Care – US”.  Mintel.  Oct. 2015.  Web.  7 April 2016.



"Africa Top 10 Internet Countries."  Table. Internet World Stats. Miniwatts Marketing Group,  March 2009. Web. 18

            June  2009. 

Please note: The url (Internet address) is not needed when citing library databases in your list of sources in MLA style. Many of your instructors will require the url for a non-library web site, although it is optional in the latest MLA guidelines.  When in doubt, make it easy for your teacher to see where you got the information. Example from the Purdue OWL website shown below:

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

       13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹›.


For more complete guides to citing your sources, please see one of the following:

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing 3rd Edition REF PN147 .G444 2008

Citation generators work too; but be sure to give them a quick check for completeness and accuracy. Example:   Noodlebib This screenshot suggests how Noodlebib leads you through a sequence of choices that produces a correct citation. Easybib is another such tool familiar to many.


Please note: The Citations and Bibliography tools in MS Word 2007 will not produce citations or bibliographies that are correct according to the latest (2008) MLA style guidelines.



MLA LibGuide

Consult our library's detailed  MLA LibGuide. It includes quizzes to test your knowledge of MLA style.

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