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MLA Citation Guide 7th Edition: Citing a journal or magazine article

Guide to MLA Citations

Basic Journal Article Citation

Basic Works Cited Entry

Author's last name, Author's first name. "Title of the Article." Name of

Publication volume.issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.

Additional information required in citations of electronic journals:

After the page numbers, include the name of the database or website the piece comes from, and include the date the information was accessed after the medium of publication.

Magazine article from a library database

Brandt, Andrew. "Gummi Bears Trick a Fingerprint Scanner." PC World Aug

2004: 124-125. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 June 2009.

Article from a magazine - Print

Magazines are cited differently than journal publications. See if you can spot the difference between the journal citations above and the magazine citations below.

Davies, Paul. "Are ALIENS Among Us?"  Scientific American Dec. 2007:

62-69. Print.

Citations from magazines for the general public, such as Scientific American, Time, Newsweek, or People, do not require volume or issue number, and the date is not placed in parentheses.

Scholarly Journal Article - Print

Mueller, Ned. "The Teddy Bears' Picnic: Four-Year-Old Children's Personal

Constructs in Relation to Behavioural Problems and to Teacher Global

Concern."  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied

Disciplines 37.4 (1996): 381-389. Print.

Scholarly Journal article from a library database

Otgaar, Henry, Ingrid Candel, Harald Merckelbach, and Kimberley A. Wade.

        "Abducted by a UFO: Prevalence Information Affects Young Children's

        False Memories for an Implausible Event." Applied Cognitive Psychology

        23.1 (2009): 115-125. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

        CollectionWeb. 12 Aug. 2010.

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for journal or magazine citations are found on pages 136-48 [print sources] and 190-93 [electronic sources] in the MLA Handbook (2009), or visit the websites listed on the MLA home page.