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Identifying Sources in Works Cited Lists and Bibliographies

Works cited lists are very effective ways to find relevant sources for your research. In order to be able to make use of the information in works cited lists, you must be able to identify the kind of source it is: is it a book, a chapter in a book, a jour

Articles in Journals, Magazines or Newspapers

How do you know if a citation is to an article in a periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper)?

  • Each citation to a periocial article has two titles associated with it: the title of the article and the title of the periodical (journal, magazine or newspaper) that contains the article
  • The title of the article is neither in italics nor underlined: in MLA the title of articles is in quotation marks
  • The title of the article appears before the title of the periodical
  • The title of the periodical is always in italics or underlined
  • Unlike citations to books, citations to periodical articles never include the publisher of the periodical
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