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MLA 7th ed. Style Guide: Magazines

Selected guide from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Essential Elements

Magazine article citations should include the following:

1. Name of Author (if available)

2. Title of Article (in quotations)

3. Title of Magazine (italicized)

4. Date of Pubication

5. Page Number of Article (if available)

6. Medium of Publication

Notes: Articles accessed through databases and on the Web require additional information. See the examples to the right for details.

Sample Citations - Magazine Articles

Print Magazine Article

If an author is listed, begin with the name of the author. If no author is listed, begin with the title of the article.


Gates, David, and Raina Kelley. "Finding Neverland." Newsweek 13 July 2009: 34-39. Print.

Magazine Article in an Online Database

Cite the article as you would a print article, followed by:

  • database in which you accessed the article
  • medium of publication (Web)
  • date of access

Klein, Joe. "The American Myth." Time 22 Sep. 2008: 32+. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 28 June 2010.

*See Online Databases section for more information.

Magazine Article, Published Online (Not Accessed Through a Database)

If you are citing an article published online which you have not accessed through a database, treat it as any other Web site.


Gladwell, Malcolm. "The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the Limits of Southern Liberalism." The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2009. Web. 31 Aug. 2009.

*See Web Sites section for more information.

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