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.

Database article published directly online by the database with no in-print original.

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.

MLA: Database

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, doi: 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).


Published October 31, 2011. Updated November 11, 2020.

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