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MLA Citation Guide: Magazines and Newspapers

This guide shows you how to cite references in current (9th edition) MLA style

Magazines and Newspapers

The examples provided below aim to illustrate only basic principles of citing newspapers and magazines using MLA citation style. Please refer to the Handbook for more details.

Basic Format for an Article in a Magazine or Newspaper:

Author. Title and subtitle. Name of periodical, Date or Year of Publication, Page Number(s). 

 

Magazine (Print)

Wise, Jane. "Tough track: How and Why an Average Guy Became an Ultramarathoner." Publisher Weekly, 30 Oct. 2016, pp. 65-69.

Weintraub, Arlene. "A Thousand-Year Plan for Nuclear Waste." Business Week, 6 May 2020, pp. 94-96.

Magazine (Digital)

Cole, David. “Poetry in the Courtroom” New York Review of Books, 11 Aug. 2020, www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/04/11/poetry-in-the-courtroom-gavin-grimm/. 

 

Newspaper (Print)

Jeromack, Paul. "This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor." New York Times, 13 July 2020, late ed. pp. D1+.

Newspaper (Digital)

Buckley, Cara. “Orson Welles’s Diaries and Scripts Head to Archive.” New York Times, 24  Apr. 2021, www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/movies/orson-welles-missing-scripts-found.html?ref=todayspaper. 

 

Notes (see the Handbook's section 5.72, p. 177).

  • The volume and issue numbers of newspapers and magazines are not cited
  • Abbreviate all months except for May, June, and July
  • If the article is not printed on consecutive pages, write only the first page number and a plus (+) sign

Abbreviating Months

In your works cited list, abbreviate months as follows: 

January = Jan.
February = Feb.
March = Mar.
April = Apr.
May = May
June = June
July = July
August = Aug.
September = Sept.
October = Oct.
November = Nov.
December = Dec.

Spell out months completely in the body of your paper. 

A Note about Access Dates

An access date for an online work should generally be provided if the work lacks a publication date or if you suspect that the work has been altered or removed.

Here is an example where the website no longer exists:

"Rosemary K.: A Woman of Substance." Irish Americans On the Loose, Elfie Publishing, rosemaryk.net/book.aspx?id=10&eng. Accessed 18 June 2018.

For more information, see the Handbook's section 5.111, p. 211.