Citing Research Databases

  • The current (8th) version of MLA rules does identify some optional elements when creating citations.  For example, information about prior publications, formerly required, is now optional.  This information is accessible by using the URL, which is now required as part of the citation.  The date of access is also optional.  (Although it tends to be more important to include if there is nothing else in the citation that specifies a date.)

    If you are copying and pasting from a Citation Tool, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE ALL TITLES OF DATABASES AND MAJOR WORKS (titles of databases or titles of books/magazines) ARE IN ITALICS.  If you are creating your own citation, check with your teacher about the necessary elements.

Citation Guide: Research Databases

Gale Student Resources InContext

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

author
(Seng)


EBSCO Host Research Databases

Using the Cite tool, scroll down to MLA, then use the citation given.

Internal Citation

author, page #
(Privitera 203)


ProQuest Newsstand

Using the Cite Now! link, choose MLA, then use the citation given.

Internal Citation

author
(Wisniewski)


Infobase eBooks

Cutchins, Dennis. "Catcher in the Corn." The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger,edited by Harold Bloom, Chelsea House, 2009. Infobase eBooks, ebooks.infobaselearning.com/View.aspx?ISBN=9781438119250&WithAllWord=catcher%20in%20the%20rye. Originally published in The Catcher in the Rye: New Essays, edited by J.P. Steed, Simon and Schuster, 2002, pp. 53-77.

Internal Citation

author
(Cutchins)


Gale Virtual Reference Library

If you are citing a reprinted source, or are using one of the Gale "For Students" series
Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation




Salem Literature

Costello, Donald P. "The Language of The Catcher in the Rye." Critical Insights: The Catcher in the Rye, edited by Joseph Dewey, Salem Press, 2011. Salem Literature, online.salempress.com/articleDetails.do?bookId=155&articleName=CICatcher_Rye_711541018&searchText=catcher%20in%20the%20rye&searchOperators=any&category=Literature.

Internal Citation

author
(Costello)


Literature Criticism Online

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

author
(Eberhard)


JSTOR

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

author, page #
(Bishop 105)


Opposing Viewpoints

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

shortened title
("Texting")


CQ Researcher

Jost, Kenneth and Kathy Koch. "Abortion Showdowns." 22 Sept. 2006, pp. 769-92. CQ Researcher, library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2006092200.

Internal Citation

authors
(Jost and Koch)


Points of View Reference Center

Citing the Overview: using the Cite tool, scroll down to MLA, then use the citation given. If you are using a Point or Counter Point article accessed from the Overview page, copy/paste the title of the article in the search box, THEN use the cite tool.

Internal Citation

author
(Lee)


Gale Science InContext

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

author
(LaPensee)


EBSCO Science Reference Center

Use Cite from the toolbar on the right-hand side. Be sure to select the reference for MLA!

Internal Citation

author
(Choi)


Gale US History InContext

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

shortened titl
("Civil Rights")


Gale World History InContext

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

author
(Ikenberry)


Teen Health & Wellness

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

title
("Skin Cancer")


FactsOnFile Health Reference Center

Use Citation Tool in database

Internal Citation

title
(Bullying)