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MLA Citation Guide (8th edition): Citing Print Articles

An introduction to the new (April 2016) edition of the MLA citation guide. The new Guide has introduced many new features to this widely used bibliographic style.

MLA Style for Print Articles

Article in a magazine:

     Begley, Sharon. "A Healthy Dose of Laughter." Newsweek, 4 Oct. 1982, p. 74.

     Ellison, Nancy, and Diane Smith. "Basic Sharon." Premiere, May 1993, pp. 63-65.

Format Note: Magazine article format begins with the author, exactly the same way as a book. Then the title of the article appears, in quote marks, followed by the name of the magazine, italicized, followed by a comma. For the date of the article, follow this format: day, month (abbreviated), year (not abbreviated). Then insert a comma, a space, the abbreviation p. or pp., and the page numbers. Finish with a period.

Article in a scholarly journal: 

Slack, Warner V., and Douglas Porter. "The Scholastic Aptitude Test: A Critical Appraisal." 

Harvard  Educational Review, no. 50, 1980, pp. 154-75.

Maimon, Elaine P. "Cinderella to Hercules: Demythologiz­ing Writing across the Curriculum." Journal of

Basic Writing, vol. 2, no. 4, 1980, pp. 3-11.

Format Note: In the MLA format, scholarly journals are cited differently than magazines and newspapers. It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a magazine and a journal - if you are in doubt, talk to one of your teachers or a librarian.

The format is the same for the author and title of the article, and the title of the journal. The difference is that the scholarly journal includes the volume and issue numbers of the journal, rather than the day and date. The format is: 

  • the abbreviation vol. and the volume number,

  • a comma,

  • the abbreviation no. and the issue number (if any), 

  • next is the year, followed by a comma, a space, the abbreviation p. or pp., and the page numbers.

Article in a newspaper:

      Griffith, John. "Coquille Indians Open Panel-Building Plant." Oregonian, 27
              Sept. 1995, p. DO2.

Anonymous article in a newspaper:

      "Single-Father Survey Finds Adjustment a Problem." New York Times, 21 Nov.
              1983, p. B17.

      "Show of Titanic Items Is Attacked." New York Times, 11 May 1997, sec. 1, p. 16.

Format Note: Newspapers are cited the same as magazines, except you may need to include section information; also, the page numbers sometimes include sections, e.g. B3.

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