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carialec | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2011 at 4:31 AM via web

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Is the eNotes website a database?

I am supposed to write a summary on a database article and I choose this one: http://www.enotes.com/sex-education-article

But now I need to do the work cited page with MLA and when they ask about the database, I am not sure what to write.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 10, 2011 at 6:50 AM (Answer #1)

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If you click on the button that says [cite this article] you will find the MLA citation as follows:

Tamara L. Roleff.  "Introduction." At Issue: Sex Education. Ed. Tamara L. Roleff. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998. August 2004. 10 April 2011. <http://www.enotes.com/sex-education-article/39780>.

What this citation tells you is that the article is titled "Introduction" and was originally published in a series of articles entitled the "At Issue" series.  This series is similar to an encyclopedia of various journal articles written on specific topics.  Sex Education is the topic of the volume from which this Enotes excerpt comes.  The text you read was the introduction to this specific volume.

You could certainly consider this article to have come from an online "database" and as such, simply call it "Enotes."  There are some more well-known databases for scholarly online journals, such as ERIC, OVID, Gale Group Databases, or more recently, Google Scholar, but essentially, any website which compiles and allows you to search for and read scholarly journals online, could be considered a "database."

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