Visual Basic Language Reference
This section provides reference information for various aspects of the Visual Basic language.
In This Section
Typographic and Code Conventions
Summarizes the way that keywords, placeholders, and other elements of the language are formatted in the Visual Basic documentation.
Visual Basic Runtime Library Members
Lists the classes and modules of the Microsoft.VisualBasic namespace, with links to their member functions, methods, properties, constants, and enumerations.
Lists all Visual Basic keywords and provides links to more information.
Attributes (Visual Basic)
Documents the attributes available in Visual Basic.
Constants and Enumerations
Documents the constants and enumerations available in Visual Basic.
Documents the data types available in Visual Basic.
Documents the compiler directives available in Visual Basic.
Documents the run-time functions available in Visual Basic.
Lists the Visual Basic run-time modifiers and provides links to more information.
Documents the modules available in Visual Basic and their members.
Describes the default value of any data type.
Documents the objects available in Visual Basic and their members.
Documents the operators available in Visual Basic.
Documents the properties available in Visual Basic.
Provides reference information about using Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) expressions in your code.
Documents the declaration and executable statements available in Visual Basic.
XML Comment Tags
Describes the documentation comments for which IntelliSense is provided in the Visual Basic Code Editor.
XML Axis Properties
Provides links to information about using XML axis properties to access XML directly in your code.
Provides links to information about using XML literals to incorporate XML directly in your code.
Provides a listing of Visual Basic compiler and run-time error messages and help on how to handle them.
Provides comprehensive help on all areas of the Visual Basic language.
Visual Basic Command-Line Compiler
Describes how to use the command-line compiler as an alternative to compiling programs from within the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE).
How to Cite an Encyclopedia in Print in MLA
Be sure to include the name of author (if given), the name of the article, the name of the reference book, the edition, and the year of publication. If the reference book is well known, do not include the publication information.
Last, First M., and First M. Last. "Article Title." Encyclopedia Name. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.
McGhee, Karen, and George McKay. "Insects." Encyclopedia of Animals. Washington: National Geographic Society, 2007. 170-71. Print
Posner, Rebecca. "Romance Languages." The Encyclopedia Britannica: Macropedia. 15th ed. 1987. Print.
How to Cite an Encyclopedia Online in MLA
Last, First M., and First M. Last. "Article Title." Encyclopedia Name. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
McGhee, Karen, and George McKay. "Insects." Encyclopedia of Animals. Washington: National Geographic Society, 2007. Google Books. Web. 2 Jan. 2010.
Hassler, Warren W. "American Civil War." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., n.d. Web. 2 Jan. 2013.
How to Cite an Encyclopedia on a Database in MLA
Last, First M. "Article Title" Encyclopedia Name. Ed. First M. Last. Vol. Volume. City: Publisher, Year Published. Database Name. Web Date Month Year.
Holmes, Heather. "Advertising of Food" Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Ed. Solomon H. Katz. Vol. 1. New York: Scribner's, 2003. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 2 July 2010.
Bunson, Margaret R. "Historical Overview." Encyclopedia on Ancient Egypt. 3rd ed. New York: Infobase, 2012. Xii-Xv. Gale Cengage Catalog. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.
Make sure to:
- Choose if the source was published directly online or originally in print.
- Find the date that the article was electronically published.
- For well-known reference works, it is not necessary to include full publication information.
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