How to Cite a Database in MLA
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.
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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