How to Cite Full Text Items Found in Library Databases and Electronic Journal Collections

Choose the library database from the list on the right for examples of citations for use in a bibliography for each of the library's full text databases. These citations are representative of the most commonly used kinds of resources in these databases. Note that not all types of online resources are included in each of the style guides with specific rules for citation, so the citations for some types of materlals require an interpretation of the general rules and guidelines outlined in the style guide.

Copies of the 3 style guides may be found at the Reference desk in McGraw-Page Library. In general, when:

Citing using APA include: author(s), date, title, publication name, volume (include issue number if each issue starts with page 1), pages, and DOI (digital object identifier) or URL of the journal homepage if the DOI is not available when citing an article (the database name be used if the article is not located at the journal publisher's site, but contained within another database).  The entry should be double-spaced. For additional information see:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington: American Psychological Association, 2010.

This edition includes significant changes in how online materials are cited.

Citing using MLA include: author(s), title, publication name, date, volume, issue, pages, the medium of publication (use "Web" for Internet/online) and date of access when citing an article.   For additional information see:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Citing using Chicago (bibliographical style) include author(s), title, publication name, date, volume, issue, pages, database URL, and (optional) date of access when citing an article.  For additional information see:

Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Dev. by Laurie Preston, 10/05; rev. 8/09.

How to Cite Full Text in:


Academic Search Complete(EBSCOHost)

Business Source Complete (EBSCOHost)


LexisNexis Academic

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