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Citing Specific Articles Using MLA format The MLA Guidelines on documenting online sources are explained in detail in the fifth edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (1999) and in the second edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (1998). These guidelines replace the information in the fourth edition of the MLA Handbook on documenting online databases (sec. 4.9). Here are the formats recommended by the MLA for citing works from Britannica.com and Britannica Online:
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For example: "Portugal, history of." Britannica.com. Vers. 2001 1999-2001. Encyclopędia Britannica. 12 Dec. 2000 (http://search.britannica.com/search?miid=1271529&query;=Portugal,+history+of).
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