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MLA Citation Style Guide

Article Examples

Article in a Scholarly Journal

Edwards, Erin E. "Extremities of the Body: The Anoptic Corporeality of as I Lay Dying." Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 55, no. 4, 2009, pp. 739-64.

Article in a Scholarly Journal from a Database (doi)

Martin, Catherine. "Adventure's Fun, but Wouldn't You Rather Get Married?: Gender Roles and the Office Wife in Radio Detective Dramas." Velvet Light Trap vol 74, 2014: pp. 16-26. MLA International Bibliography, doi: 10.7560/VLT7403

Article in a Magazine

Reiter, Ben. "Five Against the World." Sports Illustrated, vol. 122, no. 3, 26 Jan. 2015, pp.52-55.

Article in a Magazine from a Database (no doi)

Simienta, Bob. "God, Guns, and Oil." Christianity Today, vol. 61, no. 7, Sept. 2017, pp. 46-53. MasterFILE Premier, libproxy.lamar.edu/login?url=http://seach.ebscohost.com/lgoin.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=124743425&site=eds-live.

Article in a Newspaper

Taschinger, Thomas. "Our Nation Perseveres Despite Problems." Beaumont Enterprise, 4, July 2017, 3 Star ed., p. A008.

Article in a Newspaper from a Database

Kaplan, Sarah. "Odd Dinosaur Cousin has Researchers Rethinking." Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2017, p. A2. Proquest, libproxy.lamar.edu/login?url=https:search-proquest-com.libproxy.lamar.edu/docview/1888573034.

A Book review

King, Stephen. Review of The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Entertainment Weekly, 12 Sept. 2008, pp. 139-40

Tips

MLA citation style requires a DOI for electronic articles when it's available.  If your citation doesn't include a DOI you can use crossref.org to verify a DOI isn't included for your article.  If there is no DOI, include the URL of the resource.

The purpose of citations is to make items easily retrievable for others so it is important to fill them out as completely and accurately as possible. If an item is irrelevant or missing, omit it from the citation.

If you have more than one resource by the same author, list the author’s name for the first item only. After place three hyphens followed by a period (---.) for each subsequent item by the author. The title follows the period. If the individual performed a role other than author for a work, place a comma after the three hypens (instead of the period) and list the role (editor, translator, etc.) before moving on to the title.

Organize resources alphabetically by title (terms describing person's roles are not considered in alphabeticization).

Sedaris, David. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk : A Modest Bestiary. New York: Little, Brown, and Co., 2010. Print.

---. When You are Engulfed in Flames. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2008. Print

The following abbreviations are recommended for use in the works-cited list, and in in-text citations.  Where confusion may result, spell out the words instead.  The plurals of the noun abbreviations given here other than p. are formed through the addition of s (e.g., chs.).

ch.

chapter

dept.

department

ed.

edition

e.g.

for example (from the Latin exempli gratia; set off by commas, unless preceded by a different punctuation mark)

et al.

and others (from the Latin et alii, et aliae, et alia)

etc.

and others so forth (from the Latin et cetera; like most abbreviations, not appropriate in text)

i.e.

that is (from the Latin id est; set off by commas, unless preceded by a different punctuation mark).

no.

number

P

Press (used in documentation in names of academic presses: "MIT P")

p., pp.

page, pages

par.

paragraph

qtd. in

quoted in

rev.

revised

sec.

section

trans.

translation

U

University (also French Université, German Universität, Italian Università‚Äč, Spanish Universidad, etc.; used in documentation: "U of Tennessee, Knoxville")

UP

University Press (used in documentation: "Columbia UP")

vol.

volume

(MLA Handbook Sec. 1.6.2, pp. 96-97)
MLA Handbook 8th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

January

Jan.

February

Feb.

March

Mar.

April

Apr.

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

Aug.

September

Sept.

October

Oct.

November

Nov.

December

Dec.

(MLA Handbook Sec.1.6, p. 95)

MLA Handbook 8th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

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