Basic Style for Citations of Electronic Sources (Including Online Databases)
Here are some common features you should try and find before citing electronic sources in MLA style. Not every Web page will provide all of the following information. However, collect as much of the following information as possible both for your citations and for your research notes:
Author and/or editor names (if available)
Article name in quotation marks (if applicable)
Title of the Website, project, or book in italics.
(Remember that some Print publications have Web publications with slightly different names.
They may, for example, include the additional information or otherwise modified information,
like domain names [e.g. .com or .net].)
Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.
Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.
Take note of any page numbers (if available).
Date you accessed the material.
URL / Electronic Address (if required, or for your own personal reference).
An Entire Website, a Page on a Website, or an Article on a Web Magazine or Online Journal:
Editor, Author, or Compiler Name (if available). Name/Title of Site or Online Publication.
Version Number and/or Date of Posting/Revision. Name of Institution/Organization affiliated with
the site (usually a sponsor or publisher and sometimes found in copyright statements). Medium of
Publication. Date you accessed the site. <electronic address>.
Entire Website Example:
The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. 26 Aug. 2005. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue
University. Web. 23 April 2006 .
Page on a Website Example:
Stolley, Karl. “MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The OWL at Purdue. 10 May 2006. Purdue University
Writing Lab. Web. 12 May 2006 .
Article on a Web Magazine Example:
Bernstein, Mark. “10 Tips on Writing The Living Web.” A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites.
No. 149 (16 Aug. 2002). Web. 4 May 2006 .
Article in an Online Journal Example:
Wheelis, Mark. “Investigating Disease Outbreaks Under a Protocol to the Biological and Toxin Weapons
Convention.” Emerging Infectious Diseases 6.6 (2000): 33 pars. Web. 8 May 2006
An Article from a Subscription Service / Electronic Database
(i.e.: INFOhio: EBSCOhost, SIRS Discoverer, NewsBank, etc.):
Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical. Volume Number. (Year of publication): pages. Name of Database. Web. Date of access.
This handout is based on MLA’s Website, Purdue University’s OWL, and INFOhio’s Citation Guide: September 2010.