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MLA Citation Style Guide: 8th Edition

Provides general guidelines to MLA citation format, 8th edition

Article from a Journal, Newspaper, or Magazine

MLA ChartSample Citations

 

One Container

Fishpaw, Francine. "Chuck Tingle's Latest Tingler Delivers!" The New York Times Book Review. vol. 128. no. 69, Nov. 2015, pp. 13-18.

 

Weihman, Lisa. "1916 and All That." James Joyce Quarterly. vol. 245, no. 4, 2015, pp. 123-30.

 

"New Animal Kingdom Attractions for 2017!" Disney Vacation Club Files. vol. 13. no 4, Winter 2015, pp. 3 - 5.

 

Two Containers

Fishpaw, Francine. "Chuck Tingle's Latest Tingler Delivers!" The New York Times Book Review. vol. 128. no. 69, Nov. 2015, pp. 13-18. Academic Search Complete, DOI 1-23090:908.

 

Weihman, Lisa. "1916 and All That." James Joyce Quarterly. vol. 245, no. 4, 2015, pp. 123-30. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/98423984.

 

"New Animal Kingdom Attractions for 2017!" Disney Vacation Club Files. vol. 13. no 4, Winter 2015, pp. 3 - 5. www.disneyfiles.com/winter015/3.

Parts of a Journal Article Citation

An author is "the person or group primarily responsible for producing the work" (MLA Citation Style Guide 22). An author can be a person, persons, or an organization who created the work that you are citing.

For articles:

  • Use the name or online name of the person responsible for writing the article.
  • If no author (person or organization) is listed, use the article title as the first item in the citation

 

The next element in your citation is the title of your article. Make sure that you use standardized capitalization, that is, capitalize most of the words in the title. Don't worry about articles (The, A, An) or prepositions (in, on, of, . . . ).

Format articles appropriately with quotation marks. Remember, a title is placed in quotation marks if it is part of a larger work; a title is placed in italics if it is self-contained and separate. For example, place quotation marks around an article and italicize the title of the journal, newspaper, or magazine.

 

In MLA Citation Style, a container is considered to be "a larger whole . . . that holds a source" (30).  It is a larger source that contains smaller works.

For periodicals, these would be the titles of journals, newspaper, or magazines.

If you are citing an article found in a database or on a website, however, make sure that you also cite the database or website where you found the article.  See the Two Containers example above.

 

The "Other Contributor" field is where you put people who helped contribute to the source, but not the author or authors. This field for is for editors, translators, illustrators, performers, and the like. See the MLA Citation Guide page 37 for other examples.

If the source you are citing exists in multiple versions, include the version that you are using in this field. For periodicals, that would be the volume number.

 

Sources may be part of a numbered series, like issues of journals, graphic novels, or episodes of TV shows. Some journals are numbered by volume and issue number. 

For a periodical, this would be the issue number.

Publisher is not needed when citing a periodical, like an article from a newspaper, magazine, or journal.

When citing a source with more than one publication date, cite the date that is "most relevant to your use of the source" (42).

Use the date that the article was published. Sometime, all you will need is just the year.

Location is defined by the type of source you are citing. For articles, use page numbers.

If you have found an article in a database, you also need to note the location of the article in the database; this can be a permanent url, a DOI [digital object identifier], or PMID [PubMed identifier].  See the Two Containers examples above.

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