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MLA 8th ed. Style Guide: Journal, Newspaper, & Magazine Articles

This MLA Style Guide has basic examples for citations. For more complex examples, please see the MLA Handbook, 8th edition.

Essential Elements

Citations for periodicals should include the following:

1. Name of Author(s) if available

2. Full Title of Article (in quotations)

3. Title of Journal (italicized)

4. Volume Number of Journal

5. Issue Number of Journal

6. Date of Publication most relevant to your work

7. Page Numbers of Article if available

8. Database or name of website including URL if accessed online


Sample Citations - Scholarly Articles

Scholarly Journal Article 

Example 1:

Nyer, Maren, et al. “Relationship between Sleep Disturbance and Depression, Anxiety, and Functioning in College Students.”  	Depression and Anxiety, vol. 30, no. 9, Sept. 2013, pp. 873-80. Wiley Online Library, doi:10.1002/da.22064.

Example 2:

Bojanova, Diana P., and Seth R. Bordenstein. “Fecal Transplants: What is Being Transferred?” PLOS Biology, vol. 14, no. 7, 12 July 2016, pp. 1-12. PLOS, doi:10.1371/ journal.pbio.1002503.

Newspaper Article 

If a news agency such as Associated Press is listed as the author of an article, skip the author and begin the citation with the title of the article. 

Example 1:

Kolowich, Steve. “Can Dartmouth Rehabilitate Itself?” Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 61, no. 24, 27 Feb. 2015, p. 14.  	Academic Search Premier,  	101191591&site=ehost-live.

Example 2:

Haberman, Maggie, and Michael Barbaro. "How Melania Trump Sent Speech Veering Off Course." New York Times. Late Edition (East Coast), 20 July 2016, p. A1. ProQuest, docview/1805428729?accountid=14868.

Magazine Article 

Example 1:

Paine, Ralph D. "The Grim Tale of the Nottingham Galley." Sea Classics, vol. 49, no. 8, Aug. 2016,  	pp. 58+. ProQuest,

Example 2:

"What is the Arabic for Democracy? The Future." The Economist, vol. 419, no. 8989, 14 May 2016, 	pp. S15-S16. Infotrac Newsstand, summon&v=2.1&u=nclivewfuy&it=r&p=STND&sw=w&asid=bbc2002ad778b58794e1bbab5f8f4618.