Citation Guide: Modern Language Association (MLA)

Journals, Magazines and Newspaper Articles

1. Article in a Journal

Format:
Enclose the article title in quotation marks. After the journal title, list the volume number, issue number, season and year of publication and inclusive page numbers.

Example:

Matchie, Thomas. “Law versus Love in The Round House.” Midwest Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 4, Summer 2015, pp. 353-64.

Format:
For an electronic journal, provide the print information, if given, and end with the URL.

Example:

Amao, Olumuyiwa Babatunde, and Ufo Okeke-Uzodike. “Nigeria, Afrocentrism, and Conflict Resolution: After Five Decades – How Far, How Well?” African Studies Quarterly, vol. 15, no.4, Sept. 2015, pp. 1-23, asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Volume-15-Issue-4-OLUMUYIWA-BABATUNDE-AMAO.pdf/.

Format:
If the article is assigned a DOI (digital object identifier, a unique number assigned to specific content), cite the source as you would a print article, then give the DOI. For an article from a database, cite the database name before the DOI.

Example:

Coles, Kimberly Anne. “The Matter of Belief in John Donne’s Holy Sonnets.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 3, Fall 2015, pp. 899-931. JSTOR, doi:10.1086/683855/.


2. Citing an Article in a Monthly or Bimonthly Magazine

Format:
After the author’s name and title of the article, list the title of the magazine, the date (use abbreviations for all months except May, June, and July), and inclusive page numbers.

Example:

Bryan, Christy. “Ivory Worship.” National Geographic, Oct. 2012, pp. 28-61.


3. Citing an Article in a Weekly or Biweekly Magazine

Format:
Give the exact date of publication, inverted.

Example:

Grossman, Lev. “A Star Is Born.” Time, 2 Nov. 2015, pp. 30-39.

Format:
Cite online articles the same as you would a print article, and then give the URL.

Example:

Leonard, Andrew. “The Surveillance State High School.” Salon, 27 Nov. 2012, www.salon.com/2012/11/27/the_surveillance_state_high_school/.


4. Citing an Article in a Newspaper

Format:
If the newspaper is not a national newspaper (such as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, or Chronicle of Higher Education) or if the city of publication is not part of its name, add the city in square brackets after the name of the newspaper: “[Salem],” List the date in inverted order, followed by the page numbers (use the section letter before the page  number if the newspaper uses letters to designate sections). If the article does not appear on consecutive pages, write only the first page number and a plus sign (+), with no space between.

Example:

Sherry, Allison. “Volunteers’ Personal Touch Turns High-Tech Data into Votes.” The Denver Post, 30 Oct. 2012, pp. 1A+.

Format:
For newspaper articles found online, cite as you would a print article and give the URL.

Example:

Humphrey, Tom. “Politics Outweigh School Vouchers.” Knoxville News Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2016, www.knoxnews.com/opinion/columnists/tom-humphrey/tom-humphrey-politics-outweigh-arguments-about-school-vouchers-29c77b33-9963-0ef8-e053-0100007fcba4-366300461.html/.


5. Citing an Unsigned Article

Format:
Begin with the title of the article.

Example:

“Zika Virus.” World Health Organization, 6 Sept. 2016, www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zik/en/.


6. Citing an Editorial

Format:
Include the word “Editorial” after the page number or URL.

Example:

“City’s Blight Fight Making Difference.” The Columbus Dispatch, 17, Nov. 2015, www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2015/11/17/1-citys-blight-fight-making-difference.html/. Editorial.


7. Citing a Letter to the Editor

Format:
Include the word “Letter” after the page number or URL.

Example:

Adrouny, Salpi. “Our Shockingly Low Local Voter Turnout.” AJC.com, 8 Nov. 2015, www.ajc.com/news/news/opinion/readers-write-nov-8/npHrS/. Letter.


8. Citing a Review

Format:
Start with the author and title of the review, then the words “Review of” followed by the title of the work under review. Insert a comma and the word “by” or “editor” (for an edited book) or “director” (for a play or film) and the name of the author or director. Continue with publication information for the review. Use this citation format for all reviews, including books, films, and video games.

Example:

Walton, James. “Noble, Embattled Souls.” Review of The Bone Clocks and Slade House, by David Mitchell, The New York Review of Books, 3 Dec. 2015, pp. 55-58.

Format:
Cite online reviews as you would a print review, then give the URL.

Example:

Savage, Phil. “Fallout 4 Review.” Review of Fallout 4, by Bethesda Game Studios. PC Gamer, Future Publishing, 8 Nov. 2015, www.pcgamer.com/fallout-4-review/.


9. Citing a Published Interview

Format:
Begin with the person interviewed. If the published interview has a title, give it in quotation marks. If not, write the word “Interview.” If an interview is identified and relevant to your project, give that name next. Then supply the publication information.

Example:

Weddington, Sarah. “Sarah Weddington: Still Arguing for Roe.” Interview by Michele Kort. Ms., Winter 2013, pp. 32-35.

Format:
Cite an online interview as you would a print interview, then give the URL.

Example:

Jaffrey, Madhur. “Madhur Jaffrey on How Indian Cuisine Won Western Taste Buds.” Interview by Shadrach Kabango. Q, CBC Radio, 29 Oct. 2015, www.cbc.ca/1.3292918/.

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