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MLA Citation Style: Magazine/Journals/Databases

Magazines, Journals and Newspapers

Magazines, Journals and Newspapers are called periodicals. These sources include three main elements—the author of the article, the title of the article, and information about the magazine, newspaper, or journal. 


Print Magazine:

Format: Author. "Title of the Article." Title of the Periodical, Day Month Year, pages. 

Example: Mead, Walter Russell. "The Debt We Owe the Dutch." Newsweek. 27 Apr. 2009, pp. 29.

Parenthetical Example:  (Mead 39).

Newspaper:  Cite as you would a magazine. If there is more than one edition, note the edition in the citation.

Print Journal:

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name. "Title of Article." Title of the Journal,  Volume.Issue, Year, pages.

ExampleHise, Greg. "Home Building and Industrial Decentralization in Los Angeles." Journal of Urban History vol. 19 no. 2, 1996, pp. 95-125. 

Parenthetical Example:  (Hise 98-99).

Cite an article from a database

Databases will cite an article for you. Look on the page for a link to Cite your document. Many databases default to MLA style. Make sure you choose the MLA Citation style. 

If there is no citation follow the print format and add the database title. The title of the database should be italicized before the DOI or URL. If there is no DOI (a permanent location marker provided by the database), use the URL.

Example:  Sampson, Holly. "Renewable Energy Today." Science vol. 15 no. 2,. 2002, pp.  45-66. JSTOR.  DOI: 10.1086/ahr.111.1.286. 15 Accessed June 2016.

Cite an article from the internet

Magazine Article:

Format: Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or initial. "Title of Article." Name of Magazine. Name of sponsor/publisher, date of publication. URL. Date of access.

Example: Roberts, Johnnie L. "Media ConglomeratesTakeover the World." Newsweek. Newsweek, 5 May 2009. Accessed 6 May 2009.

Parenthetical Example: (Roberts).