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MLA Citation Style Guide (8th Edition): Journal Articles

Citing Journal Articles

The examples provided below aim to illustrate only basic principles of citing journal articles using MLA citation style. Please refer to the MLA Handbook, 8th edition for more details.

 Basic Format for a Journal Article:

Name of the author  as it appears  in the journal 

Title of the article in quotation marks 

Title of the journal (italicized)

Volume number, issue number (include issue number whenever available)

Date of publication (abbreviate all months except May, June, and July)

First and last page numbers

  • Capitalize first and last word, and all principle words in article title (See MLA Handbook 8th. ed., section 1.2 on Title of Sources)

Single Author

Strehle, Susan. "'Prey to Unknown Dreams': Louise Erdrich, The Plague of Doves, and the Exceptionalist Disavowal of History." Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, vol. 25, no. 2, 2014, pp. 108-127.

Barthelme, Frederick. "Architecture." Kansas Quarterly, vol. 13, no. 3-4, 1981, pp. 77-80.

Two and more authors

  •  List in order of appearance on title page
  •  Use a comma and an and to separate authors

Lischke, Ute, and David T. McNab. "Storytelling and Cultural Identity: Louise Erdrich's Exploration of the German/American Connection in The Master Butchers Singing Club." European Journal of American Culture, vol. 25, no. 3, 2006, pp. 189-203.

Three and more authors

  • When a source has three or more authors, only the first one shown in the source is normally given. It is followed by et al.

Brown, Dee, et al. "Louise Erdrich: Love Medicine." Studies in American Indian Literatures: The Journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures, vol. 9, no. 1, 1985, pp. 1-29.

Articles from online databases

  • The formatting for online articles from online databases as the same as the print periodical formatting above.  However, to aid in locating the article, the container (name of database) and the location (url, doi, or permalink) should be added unless otherwise instructed by your professor.
  • Citing the date when an online work was consulted is now optional 

Stock, Richard T. "Native Storytelling and Narrative Innovation: Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine as Fictional Ethnography." Brno Studies in English, vol. 41, no. 1, 2015, pp. 175-193. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.5817/BSE2015-1-11. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.