Cite Articles In An Essay

MLA: Journal

How to Cite a Journal in Print in MLA

Include the author's name, the title of the article, the name of the journal, the series number/type of the journal (if given), the volume number (if given), the issue number (if given), the year of publication, the page numbers of the article, format

Structure:

Last, First M., and First M. Last. "Article Title." Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Print.

Examples:

Jacoby, William G. "Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending." American Journal of Political Science 38.2 (1994): 336-61. Print.

Fearon, James D., and David D. Laitin. "Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War." American Political Science Review 97.01 (2003): 75. Print.

How to Cite a Journal Online in MLA

Format:

Last, First M. "Article Title." Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Examples:

Poiger, Uta G. "Rock 'n' Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities." The Journal of Modern History 68.3 (1996): 577. JSTOR. Web. 2 Jan. 2013.

How to Cite a Journal on a Database in MLA

Format:

Last, First M. "Article Title." Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Examples:

Jacoby, William G. "Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending." American Journal of Political Science 38.2 (1994): 336-61. JSTOR. Web. 23 Apr. 2010.

Poiger, Uta G. "Rock 'n' Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities." The Journal of Modern History 3rd ser. 68 (1996): 577-616. JSTOR. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.

Make sure to:

  • Provide advanced information for the book if it is available.
  • Only include the URL if the source cannot be found easily.

View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Journal in MLA format.

MLA: Newspaper

How to Cite a Newspaper in Print in MLA

Structure:

Last, First M. "Article Title." Newspaper Title [City] Date Month Year Published: Page(s). Print.

Examples:

Bowman, Lee. "Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels." The Pittsburgh Press 7 Mar. 1990: A4. Print.

Meier, Barry. "Energy Drinks Promise Edge, but Experts Say Proof Is Scant." New York Times 1 Jan. 2013: 1. Print.

How to Cite a Newspaper Online in MLA

Format:

Last, First M. "Article Title." Newspaper Title Date Month Year Published: Page(s). Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Examples:

Bowman, Lee. "Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels." The Pittsburgh Press 7 Mar. 1990: A4. Google News Web. 16 Mar. 2010.

Mushnick, Phil. "Sterling Continues to Call it Wrong." New York Post N.p., 23 Apr. 2012. Web. 2 Jan. 2013.


Make sure to:

  • Only include "City" if city is not in the newspaper name.

View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Newspaper in MLA format.

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