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MLA Citations: Databases

Database Citations

MLA Format for items found using a library database, such as Academic Search Complete


DOI (Digital Object Identifier) – If the item you're citing has a DOI, you should include it in your citation. A DOI provides a persistent link to info about the item.

If what you're citing does not have a DOI, use a permanent URL link instead.

Database Format

Basic Format
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages. Database Name, DOI or Permalink URL if No DOI Available. Accessed Day Month Year.



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Database Examples

Journal Article
One Author (Without DOI)
Molk, Peter. "The Government's Role in Climate Change Insurance." Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016, pp. 411-26. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
Two Authors (Without DOI)
Jairo, Fuertes N., and Alexander Hoffman. "Alcohol Consumption and Abuse among College Students: Alarming Rates among the Best and the Brightest." College Student Journal, vol. 50, no. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 236-40. Academic Search Complete, login?url= login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=116190973&site=ehost-live. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
More Than Two Authors (With DOI)
Preshaw, Deborah H. L., et al. "Ethical Issues Experienced by Healthcare Workers in Nursing Homes." Nursing Ethics, vol. 23, no. 5, Aug. 2016, pp. 490-506. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1177/0969733015576357. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
No Author (With DOI)
"2016 ACVIM Forum Research Abstract Program." Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, vol. 30, no. 4, July-Aug. 2016, pp. 1407-519. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1111/jvim.13952. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.


Magazine Article
One Author (Without DOI)
Von Drehle, David. "How They Find Their A-Game." Time, vol. 188, no. 4, 25 July 2016, pp. 56-60. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
Two Authors (Without DOI)
Goodman, Jessica, and Abby Stem. "Can Cuba Hit the Right Notes?" Entertainment Weekly, no. 1411/1412, 22 Apr. 2016, p. 24. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
More Thank Two Authors (Without DOI)
Elliott, Philip, et al. "The Hardest One to Know." Time, vol. 188, no. 5, 1 Aug. 2016, pp. 32-39. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.
No Author (Without DOI)
"Rolling Stone, D'Addario Recognize Great Guitarists." Music Trades, vol. 163, no. 11, Dec. 2015, p. 50. Academic Search Complete, login?url= login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=111192022&site=ehost-live. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.


Newspaper Article (Without DOI)
Ben, Kesling. "More College Students Use Marijuana Daily, Study Finds." Wall Street Journal, Online ed., 2 Sept. 2015. Academic Search Complete, login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=109223827&site=ehost-live. Accessed 30 Aug. 2016.


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