How to Cite a Database in MLA

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Database – A structured, electronic collection that may contain full-text articles, abstracts, data, and citations. Databases typically require a subscription to access.


Article published online in a database

Online Database Citation Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Publication Title, volume, number, issue (if provided), date published, page numbers (if applicable). Database Name, DOI or URL.

Online Database Citation Example:

Trier, James. “‘Cool’ Engagements with YouTube: Part 2.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, vol. 50, no. 7, April 2007, pp. 598-603. JSTOR, https:doi.org/10.1598/JAAL.50.7.8.

Online Database In-text Citation Structure:

(Author’s Last Name page number)

Online Database In-text Citation Example:

“Two important, intertwined search aspects enabled by YouTube are immediacy and availability” (Trier 601).

Creating MLA in-text citations? See this MLA in-text citation guide.

Published October 31, 2011. Updated May 18, 2021.

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