To cite an article from a database in MLA style, use the article to locate specific information, and compile it in a specific order. While there are several citation styles in academic writing, one common style is the Modern Language Association, or MLA, style.
- Include the author or authors
If there is one author, write the last name, followed by a comma and then the first name. If there are two authors, place them in alphabetical order within the same citation. Place a period at the end of the list of author names.
- Include the title
Write the name of the article, capitalizing all words that are not articles or prepositions. Place the article name in quotations, and put a period at the end.
- Write the journal name
Write the name of the journal in italics.
- Include the volume and issue number
Write the volume number numerically, followed by a period and then the numerical issue number. If no volume or issue number exists, leave it out.
- Write the date
Write the day, followed by the month and then the year. Abbreviate the month to the first three letters. Place a colon at the end of the date.
- Write the page numbers
Locate the page numbers that the article spans in the journal. Write the number of the page on which the article appears, followed by a dash and then the page on which the article ends.
- Include the database name
Write the name of the database in italics. End it with a period.
- Specify the medium
If the article was accessed electronically, signify the medium as "Web." If it was accessed in a printed volume, identify it as "Print."
- Add the date of access
The date of access is the most recent date that you have read the information. Write the day, the month and then the year, abbreviating the month to the first three letters.