In most cases, the MLA style does not require the inclusion of database information in your reference list or works cited page. However, MLA database citations are sometimes needed when you want to use articles that are found in electronic databases, such as those available in university or public libraries and research archives.
The general format for MLA database citation consists of the following elements: the full name of the author of the article, the complete title of the article, the original source of the article, the date of publication of the original source, and, if provided, the respective page numbers. In addition to this collection of data is the information of the database, which includes the name of the database, the name of the service, the library, its location, the date of retrieval, and the complete, working URL of the web source.
Below is the basic MLA citation format for citing database sources:
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Periodical Title Volume number. Issue number (Date of publication): Page numbers. Database Name. Medium of Publication. Date of Retrieval. <URL>.
Here are some examples of MLA database citations:
Cummings, Alan S. “Shakespeare and the Romantic Dramatists.” Theatre and the Arts 9.2 (2001): 126-203. Project Muse. Web. 24 Mar. 2009. <http://www.press.jhu.edu>.
Fleming, Philip K. “Eros and Thanatos in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry.” Nation 29-72 Oct. 2007: 96-109. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 Oct. 2007. <http://www.ebsco.com>.
Roark, Howard. “The Psychology of Transgenderism” Newsweek 14 Oct. 2003: 10. InfoTrac Expanded Academic ASAP. Gale Group. Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus Library. 11 Aug. 2011 <www.galegroup.com>.
There will be instances wherein all of the suggested elements are not provided in a database source, thus you will need to only include the available elements in the MLA citation. Be informed that depending on which edition of MLA Handbook your instructor recommends for your research paper, the journal title and the name of database in MLA database citations are either italicized of underlined.