1. Home
  2. Information Cycle
  3. Investigating
  4. Searching
  5. Locating
  6. Evaluating
  7. Utilizing


  Use 'Back' and 'Next' to navigate through the chapters.

Test your knowledge about citations

expanded academic database header wtih article details superimposed

The proper way to cite an article from an online database in MLA is:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): page numbers. Database name. Web. Date accessed. [Note: MLA normally double-spaces citations; these examples are single-spaced to fit a small area]

Select the correct citation for the article in the example above:

  • Nixon, Leslie B. "Playoff or Bust: The Bowl Championship Series Debate Hits Congress (Again)." St. Thomas Law Review 21.3 (2009):365-389. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 12 Aug. 2011.
  • Nixon, Leslie B. (2009). Playoff or bust: the bowl championship series debate hits congress (again) "St. Thomas Law Review" Volume 21, page 365.

The first example is correct. The author, title, and other elements are listed in the correct order and format for MLA. Include the database name, medium of publication (Web), and date accessed for articles you locate online. The 2nd example does not include database access information.