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How to Cite a Database in APA (Download the Printer Friendly PDF)

Content Published by a Database

For a database article published directly online by the database with no in print original

Structure: Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL
*URL Note: Add homepage URL of publisher. If none, use the homepage database URL. If published only online, use unique URL.

Database

Date accessed: Only include if the source is one that might change

Note: The footer shows that the source was published originally by the database. You can look for the citation of the article to give you an idea if the source was originally published elsewhere and then hosted by the database, or published by the database itself.
Citation: J. D. Salinger. (2010, February 25). Retrieved April 26, 2010, from http://www.gale.cengage.com
Encyclopedia Article via Database

For an encyclopedia article published directly online by the database with no in print original

Structure: Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. In Encyclopedia name (Edition ed.). City, State: Publisher. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL
*URL Note: Add homepage URL of publisher. If none, use the homepage database URL. If published only online, use unique URL.

Database

Date accessed: Only include if the source is one that might change

Citation: The Holy Roman Empire. (2001). In Encyclopedia of world history: Ancient, medieval, and modern (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved April 28, 2010, from http://www.credoreference.com
Newspaper Article via Database

A structured, electronic collection that may contain full-text articles, abstracts, data, and citations – typically requires subscription access

Structure: Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Newspaper Title, pp. Page(s). Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL
*URL Note: Add homepage URL of publisher. If none, use the homepage database URL. If published only online, use unique URL.

Database

Date accessed: Only include if the source is one that might change

Citation: Anand, G. (2010, April 2). Fire and fumes can’t drive Indians from hellish village. Wall Street Journal, p. A1. Retrieved April 5, 2010, from http://online.wsj.com

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