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How to Cite a Database in MLA (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, First M. “Article Title.” Database Name. Database Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Database

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

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.” Contemporary Authors. Gale, 25 Feb. 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2010.
Newspaper Article via Database

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

Structure: Last, First M. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title [City] Date Month Year Published, Edition ed. Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*City Note: Only include if city is not in newspaper title. Do not include if well known or nationally published.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Database

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

Citation: Anand, Geeta. Anand, Geeta. “Fire and Fumes Can’t Drive Indians from Hellish Village.” Wall Street Journal 2 Apr. 2010, Eastern ed. ProQuest Newspapers. Web. 5 Apr. 2010.
Encyclopedia Article via Database

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

Structure: Last, First M. “Article Title.” Encyclopedia Name. Edition ed. City: Publisher, Year Published. Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Database

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

Citation: “The Holy Roman Empire.” Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern. 6th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Credo Reference. Web. 28 Apr. 2010.

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