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MLA Citation Guide

This guide will help you understand how to use the MLA citation format for both in-text citations and works cited lists. It includes some more commonly used source formats. For complete information, please consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research

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Citing Articles in Different Types of Periodicals

Periodicals  are publications that appear periodically. They include magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals.This section shows you how to cite articles in each type of publication.


Articles in Scholarly Journals

Articles in Magazines

Articles in Newspapers

All of the examples shown here show only articles with one author. The format for articles with two or more authors is the same as for Books. It is important to note that a significant difference between citing books and citing periodical articles is that information about the publisher is NEVER included in citations of periodical articles!

Articles in Scholarly Journals
Scholarly journals are published much less frequently than do magazines and newspapers. Usually they are only published about three or four times per year.

Basic Format

Author of article (last name, first name). "Title" of article (in quotation marks. Title of journal (italicized), Volume, number,

issue (if provided), Year, Page numbers (abbreviated pp.).

What do citations look like?

With issue number provided:

Jelinek, Eloise. "The Agent Hierarchy and Voice in Some Coast Salish Languages." International Journal of

American Linguistics,  vol.49, no. 2, 1983, pp. 167-185.

With month(s) but no issue number provided:

Lehman, David. "The Visionary Walt Whitman." American Poetry Review, vol. 37, Jan/Feb. 2008, pp. 11-13.

Articles in Magazines

Do not list volume numbers for magazine articles. If the magazine appears every week or every two weeks, give the complete date, beginning with the day and followed by the month and the year, as illustrated below.

Basic Format

Author of article (last name, first name). "Title" of article (in quotation marks). Title of magazine (italicized), Day, Month

Year, Page numbers (abbreviated pp.).

What do citations look like?

Magazine that appears weekly:

Rosen, Jeffrey and Charles Lane. "Neo-Nazis." New Republic, 31 Oct.1994, pp. 14-15.

Magazine that appears monthly or bimonthly:

Fraser, Nicholas. "To BBC or Not to BBC." Harper's Magazine, May 2004, pp. 55-64.

Articles in Newspapers

Citing newspaper articles is similar to citing articles in magazines that appear weekly. In listing the name of the newspaper, omit initial articles (e.g. New York Times, NOT The New York Times). If sections are numbered separately, list the section number or letter followed by the page number on which the article begins. When an article is continued on a nonconsecutive page, indicate this with a + immediately following the beginning page number.

Basic Format

Author of article (last name, first name). "Title" of article (in quotation marks). Title of newspaper (italicized).

Date, Edition (if stated on the masthead, Section (if numbered separately), Page number(s)

(abbreviated p. or pp. followed by.:.).

What do citations look like?

Sections numbered separately

Urquhart, Ian. "Ontario Weighs Gay Marriage Options." Toronto Star 17 July 2002, p.: A21.

Discontinuous pagination and edition listed on masthead

Jeromack, Paul. "This Once, a David in the Art World Does Goliath a Favor." New York Times 13 July 2002, New

England ed., pp. A13+.

If the newspaper is not a well-known national publication, include the city name in square brackets following the title of the newspaper.

Behre, Robert. "Presidential Hopefuls Get Final Crack at Core of S.C. Democrats." Post and Courier

[Charleston, SC], 29 Apr. 2007, p. A11.


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