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MLA Style Citation Guide: Citing Periodicals

Reflects the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.)

Citing Periodicals in MLA Style: Basic Format

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication. (Date accessed if accessed on-line)

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Note that depending on the type of periodical, additional information may be required, or slightly different nuances (pagination or section headings for newspapers and magazines) may be required.  Refer to the examples for each periodical type for additional information.  

Citing Journal Articles in MLA Style

When citing an article from a scholarly journal, your citation will differ slightly depending on the medium the article was found in.  

As a general rule, every citation should include: Author's name. "Title of the article." Publication information.

However, the information yo may add to the citation from there depends on where you find it.  Below are three examples of an article by John Doe, title "The Anonymous Writer", from Volume 2, Issue 23 of Literature Today, pages 101 to 139.  Note how the citation differs depending on whether or not Literature Today is a print journal (Example #1.), a print journal that you accessed online through a database such as EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (Example #2.), or as an online-only journal with no page numbers (Example #3.).

Note that providing the URL is optional.  If you need to include the URL, place it in angle brackets.  See example #4.

Examples (MLA 8th Edition)

Citing an Article from a Scholarly Journal (Print)

Doe, John. "The Anonymous Writer." Literature Today vol. 2, no. 23, Fall 2015, pp.101-39.

Citing an Article from a Scholarly Journal (Database)

Doe, John. "The Anonymous Writer." Literature Today vol. 2, no..23, Fall 2015, pp. 101-39. Academic Search Complete. doi:11.1111/111111.

Citing an Article from a Scholarly Journal (Online Journal)

Doe, John. "The Anonymous Writer." Literature Today vol. 2, no..23, Fall 2015, pp. 101-39, www.literaturetoday/2015/2/23 

 

Citing Newspaper Articles in MLA Style

When citing a newspaper article, give the name as it appears on the masthead, but remove introductory articles (Ex: Wall Street Journal, not The Wall Street Journal).  Keep articles if the newspaper is a non-English language newspaper.  If the city is not included in the name of a local newspaper, add the city in brackets after the name.  Write the complete date- day, month, year.  If an edition is specified after the masthead, add it after the date.  Follow the edition or date with a colon and the page numbers, then state the medium.

Below are examples from a fictional article that appeared in a newspaper titled the Post-Gazette, from the city of Ada, Ohio.  It was by Jane Doe, the title was School Bus Safety Being Reviewed, the date of the newspaper was May 26, 1983.  Review how the citation changes based on the edition or if a section is referred to differently.

Examples (MLA 8th Edition)

Citing a Newspaper Article in print

Doe, Jane. "School Bus Safety Being Reviewed." Post-Gazette, 26 May 1983, pp. B1+. 

Citing a Newspaper Article found online through the database Access World News

Doe, Jane. "School Bus Safety Being Reviewed." Post-Gazette, 26 May 1983, pp. B1+. Access World News. 

Citing a Newspaper Article found online via the World Wide Web

Doe, Jane. "School Bus Safety Being Reviewed." Post-Gazette, 26 May 1983, www.post-gazette.com/news/school/1983/526)

 

Citing Magazine Articles in MLA Style

When citing a magazine, note whether it is a weekly or bi-weekly magazine; or whether it is a monthly or bi-monthly magazine.  See examples below.

These examples use a fake article from Sports Illustrated by Jonathan Doe, titled Linebacker Lewis Wins Again, pages 23-29.  Example 1. is from Sports Illustrated if it were a weekly or bi-weekly publication.  Example #2. is from Sports Illustrated as if it were a monthly or bi-monthly publication.  Example #3. is from Sports Illustrated as if it were a print publication retrieved from an online database such as Academic Search Complete.

Examples (MLA 8th Edition)

Citing a magazine article in print, from a weekly or bi-weekly publication (provide the date, day, month, year).

Doe, Jonathan. "Linebacker Lewis Wins Again." Sports Illustrated, 10 Feb. 2013, pp. 23-29. 

Citing a magazine article in print, from a monthly or b-monthly publication (provide month and year)

Doe, Jonathan. "Linebacker Lewis Wins Again." Sports Illustrated, Feb. 2013, pp. 23-29.

Citing a magazine article accessed through an online database

Doe, Jonathan. "Linebacker Lewis Wins Again." Sports Illustrated, Feb. 2013, pp. 23-29. Academic Search Complete, web.b.ebscohost.com.ezprox/.

Citing a magazine article from the web

Doe, Jonathan. "Linebacker Lewis Wins Again." Sports Illustrated, Feb. 2013, pp. 23-29. Academic Search Complete, www.si.com/2/23/Lewis.com