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MLA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

Citing an Article Written for a Database

Some database articles are not contained in a journal, magazine, book, or newspaper.  These articles are written exclusively for the database such as Mergent IntellectIssues and Controversies or Today's Science. 

The following format and examples can help you cite an article written for a database.

Format: Author. "Article Title." Database Name, Publisher of Database, Date, URL.

*Note: You can usually omit the http:// unless needed to hyperlink.

*Note: For URLs longer than 3 lines, you can shorten the URL. Always retain the host (main website) of the URL.

Mergent Intellect

Example: “05-195-7769. Walmart Inc.” Mergent Intellect, Mergent, July 2022,

Gale Business Insights (Company Profile)

Example (Company Profile): Apple Inc. Company Profile. Gale Business Insights,

Example (Financial Information): Apple Inc. Income Statement. Thomson-Reuters, 2020-2022. Gale Business Insights,

Issues and Controversies:

Example: “Human Trafficking.” Issues and Controversies, Infobase, 17 Nov. 2010,

Today's Science:

Example: Smith, Eric. “The Carbon Solution.” Today’s Science, Infobase, July 2016,

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (only some articles):

Example: “Guns and Violence.” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2016. Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints in Context,

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