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English as a Second Language Research Guide

Resources for students in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Pasadena City College

Welcome to your Research Guide


A Guide to support your Research Project


Search in these databases!
Gale Biography in Context  Gale Ebooks
Use Google Images to Find Pictures


Google Images



Download the MLA Handout and worksheet below to assist with putting your resources in MLA format. 

When you use a quote or an idea from a source (even if you paraphrase the idea in your own words), you must list the source's author and the page number, if available, in parentheses.  

This is called an an in-text citation. It should have a corresponding citation on your Works Cited list, which is the full list of all the sources you utilized for your research project. Below, you'll find an example an in-text citation and a Works Cited citation. 

In-Text Citation:

"We think of sexual harassment as a problem unique to the business environment, but this unlawful behavior is commonly found on our nation's college and university campuses" (Ramson 39). 

Corresponding Works Cited list Citation: 

MLA 8 sample citation showing article found in a database: Author's name, last name first followed by a period. Title of article in quotes, with a period at the end. Title of journal in italics, followed by volume and issue number comma date of publication comma page range period. Name of database in italics comma URL or website address of article.

When citing an image from Google Images, use the following citation format:


Last name, First name of creator. “Title” or description of the image. Title of the Website, Publisher, Date

of publication, URL or DOI.


  • In MLA, if the image has a title, place it in quotation marks and use title case: capitalize the first letter of each important word and pronoun. If the image does not have an official title, create a simple description and use sentence case: only capitalize the first letter in the description and the first letter of any pronoun.
  • Only include the name of the publisher if it is different than the name of the author and title of the site.
  • For URLs or DOIs, copy them exactly as shown in the address bar or link from your browser.



Photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt at his desk. The Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2017,



**How to Cite Google Images | Citation Machine**

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