Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015     Views: 4701

How to cite information found in Mergent Online depends on what part of the Mergent database you are using in your paper - company reports, news articles, country profiles, financials, statistics. There are some general guidelines on the bottom of this page for what you need for either MLA or APA online citations. Articles can usually be cited like articles from any source, and the links on the bottom go into more detail on how to cite news or magazine articles found in Mergent.

But Mergent has a lot of content that is not from a standard publication, such as Company Reports or Company Profiles


Here are two valid ways to cite Mergent's reports about a company:
     We may begin with the report name, since there are no authors or editors listed for these reports, or we may use Mergent, Inc. as what we call a "corporate author", which is used when there is no personal name shown, but the originator of the material is a known group, company, association, government agency, etc.

MLA (either one)

  1. "Starbucks Corp." Mergent Online. n.d. Web. 28. Sep. 2015.
  2. Mergent, Inc. "Starbucks Corp." n.d. Mergent Online. Web. 28. Sep. 2015.

MLA no longer requires a web address, but if your professor asks for it, put it at the end of the cite in angle brackets:  <>

APA (either one)

  1. Starbucks Corp. (n.d.). Mergent Online. Retrieved from
  2. Mergent, Inc. (n.d.). Starbucks Corp. Mergent Online. Retrieved from

APA always requires a web address for online material, either a DOI or URL. The URL is always preceded by Retrieved from.

If you don't find a date anywhere, put n.d. (no date) where the date published or last updated usually goes, in both MLA & APA. Although Mergent says the database is updated constantly, we can't tell when this particular report was.


Country Profiles can be cited using a similar citation format, but they do have a date, so add that (2014 in this picture):

Basic Style for Citations of Electronic Sources (including Online Databases)

Here are some common features you should try to find before citing electronic sources. Not every Web page or database 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 or chapter name or web page name 
  • Title of the whole website, journal, magazine, newspaper, or book in italics. 
  • Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.
  • Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date, and database name.
  • Take note of any page numbers (if available).
  • Medium of publication.
  • Date you accessed the material.
  • For online sources, an URL (web address) of the exact page where you saw the information. 

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