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MLA Citation Style Guide

Overview of using MLA 8th ed. to format citations.

Journal Citation Formats

 

Author(s). Title of Article." Title of Periodical, vol. ##, no. ##,  Day Month Year, pages. Database, DOI or permalink. Accessed date.

Notes:

  • For electronic articles, if a DOI is not provided, use the URL instead
  • The access date is now optional, check with your instructor to see if they should be included.

Example:

Yerxa, Emerita J. "In Search of Good Ideas for Occupational Therapy." Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 21, Sep 2014, pp. 11-19. EBSCOhost, doi: 10.3109/11038128.2014.952882

Example:

Wilson-Lopez, Amy, and Stacie Gregory. "Integrating Literacy and Engineering Instruction for Young Learners." Reading Teacher, vol. 69, no. 1. July 2015, pp. 25-33. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E6457403&site=eds-live&custid=s8879186.

 

Article - two authors

Author last, First name, and First Name, Last Author2. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, vol. #, no. #, Day Month Year, pp. ##-##. Database, doi:########.

 

Article - more than 2 authors

Author1 last, First name. A., et al. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, vol. #, no. #, Day Month Year, pp. ##-##. Database, doi:########.

Example:

Raghuram, Sumita, et al. "A Vision of International HRM Research." International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 28, no. 12, 12 April 2017, pp. 1625-1639. Taylor & Francis, doi:10.1080/09585192.20171308416.

 

Author, A. A. "Article Title." Newspaper Title, Day Month Year, pp. ##.

Notes:

  • If more than one edition for a date, identify after Newspaper Title
  • If using a less well-known or local publication, include the city in brackets after Newspaper Title.

Example:

Barrett, Devlin, and Damian Paletta. "Officials masked severity of Hack."  Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition, 25 June 2015, pp. A1-A4.

Note: If the article is printed on non-consecutive pages, use the following: pp. B3+

Electronic Newspaper:

Freely available online:

Author, First. "Article Title." Newspaper Title, Day Month Year, URL.

Bontemps, Tim. "How the NBA Made Summer League a Real Thing and Stole July in the Process." Washington Post, 20 July 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/07/20/how-the-nba-made-summer-league-a-real-thing-and-stole-july-in-the-process/?tid=pm_sports_pop&utm_term=.6ca27169a2ee.

From Library Database:

Sigmund, Chris. "Weather Creates Uncertainty for Lake Erie's Ice Cover." Erie Times-News (PA), 20 Feb. 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=nfh&AN=2W61386346122&site=eds-live&custid=s8879186..

For when you find an online article on the internet (not via a library database). Check with your instructor to see if accessed date is needed.

Author(s). Title of Article." Title of Webpage, Day Month Year, URL.

General Example:

Hutson, Matthew. "Beyond the Five Senses: Telepathy, echolocation, and the future of perception." The Atlantic, Jul./Aug. 2017, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/beyond-the-five-senses/528699/.

Scholarly Example:

Courtney, Carol A., et al. "Frida Kahlo: Portrait of chronic pain." Physical Therapy, vol. 97, no. 1, 25 Aug. 2016, academic.oup.com/ptj/article/97/1/90/2896952/Frida-Kahlo-Portrait-of-Chronic-Pain. Accessed 16 July 2017.

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