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Citing Articles from Databases

We talked about citing articles in Chapter 3. Here's a refresher for you. When you use information or quotations from an article or other material, you need to cite the source in the bibliography of your paper. The citation for information from an article from an online database includes:

  • author and/or editor
  • title of article
  • title of journal or magazine, volume number, issue number, and date if given
  • page number on which information appears, if available
  • database title
  • URL or DOI for article in database
  • date (day, month, and year) you accessed the article

Visit the library's MLA citation page for more information and examples illustrating how to correctly cite your sources in MLA.


Below is an excerpt from this chart showing some of the ways that articles from databases are cited.

excerpt from library's citation page showing how to properly cite database article references

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