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Articles in Databases

Use this format for full-text articles found in databases like Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis, JSTOR, PsycARTICLES, etc. See also: Articles on the Web.

WARNING: Citation styles for articles found online, whether directly or through a database, change frequently.

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES FROM A LIBRARY DATABASE
APA (6th) General Format Author last name, Author initials. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume(issue). Retrieved from DOI or URL of website (1), (2), (3)
APA (6th) Example Nelson, G. (2010). Housing for people with serious mental illness: Approaches, evidence, and transformative change. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 37(4). Retrieved from http://www.ebscohost.com
MLA (7th) General Format Author last name, Author first name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): page #s. Name of Database. Web. Day Month Year. (4)
MLA (7th) Example Nelson, Geoffrey. "Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness: Approaches, Evidence, and Transformative Change." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 37.4 (2010): 123-146. Academic Search Premier Web. 27 July 2011.
Turabian General Format Author last name, Author first name. "Title of Article: Subtitle of Article." Title of Journal volume, no. issue number (Date of publication): first page-last page. Stable URL or permalink (accessed Month Day, Year).
Turabian Example Nelson, Geoffrey. "Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness: Approaches, Evidence, and Transformative Change." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 37, no.4 (2010): 123-146. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=56545265&site=ehost-live&scope=site (accessed July 27, 2011).

MAGAZINE ARTICLES FROM A LIBRARY DATABASE
APA (6th) General Format Author last name, Author initials. (Year, Month). Title of article. Title of the Magazine, Volume Number, firstpage #-lastpage #. Retrieved from DOI or URL of website
APA (6th) Example Rodriguez, B. (2003, November). Robots clean house. Popular Mechanics, 180, 30-31. Retrieved from Academic Search Elite
MLA (7th) General Format Author last name, Author first name. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine Date of Publication: first page-lastpage. Name of Database. Web. Date accessed.
MLA (7th) Example Rodriguez, Brenda. "The Duo Behind the Soloist." People 5 May 2009: 34. Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 July 2011.
Turabian General Format Author last name, Author first name. "Title of the Article." Title of Magazine, Date of publication, first page-last page. Stable URL or permalink accessed Month Day, Year).
Turabian Example Rodriguez, Brenda. "The Duo Behind the Soloist." People 5 May 2009, 34. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=38311783&site=ehost-live&scope=site (accessed July 27, 2011).

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES FROM A LIBRARY DATABASE
APA (6th) General Format Author lastname, Author initials. (Year, Month Day). Title of article: Subtitle of the article. Title of the Newspaper, pp. Page Numbers. Retrieved from DOI or URL of website (3)
APA (6th) Example Lopez, S. (2011, June 15). Mr. Ayers plays the Foshay: He accepts a special invitation to share love of music. Los Angeles Times, p. A2. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic
MLA (7th) General Format Author last name, Author first name. "Title of Article: Subtitle of Article." Title of Newspaper Date of Publication: Page Number[s]. Name of Database. Web. Date accessed.
MLA (7th) Example Lopez, Steve. "Mr. Ayers plays the Foshay: He Accepts a Special Invitation to Share Love of Music." Los Angeles Times 15 June 2011: A2. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 27 July 2011.
Turabian General Format Author last name, Author first name. "Title of Article: Subtitle of Article." Title of Newspaper, Date of publication. Stable URL (accessed Month Day, Year).
Turabian Example Lopez, Steve. "Mr. Ayers plays the Foshay: He Accepts a Special Invitation to Share Love of Music." Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2011. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/15/local/la-me-0615-lopez-foshaymusic-20110614 (accessed July 27, 2011).

NOTE: LexisNexis does not include stable URLs; this link is to an article at the LATimes website.


NOTES:

(1) APA no longer requires dates accessed; MLA and Turabian both require these dates.

(2) ALA only capitalizes the first word of the title and the first word of the subtitle--unless there is a proper noun in the title.

(3) DOIs in APA (6th): The DOI is preferred in APA. If a DOI (digital object identifier) is assigned to the article, include it in the reference instead of the URL. If there is no URL for content you retrieved online, include the URL of the homepage of the journal, newsletter or magazine. Typically, it is not necessary to include a database's URL; use it if the article is difficult to find otherwise.(Check with your instructor who may require the URL regardless.) See the APA Publication Manual, sections 6:31 and 7.01 for details.

(4) URLs in MLA (7th Edition): While earlier versions have required URLs, MLA7 recommends including them only as supplementary information, whenever you deem that the reader may need it or if your instructor requires it. If you do include a URL, place it after the date of access, separating with a period, and enclosing the URL in angle brackets, for example <http://www.jstor.org/>. See the MLA Handbook, section 5.6.1 for more details.

(5) With newspapers, APA requires that you list every page in the article; MLA allows the plus sign to indicate additional pages in an article, for example: A1+. Turabian does not require that you include newspaper articles in a bibliography. Use them only if they are significant; otherwise refer to them internally.