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MLA Style Guide - 7th Edition

Citing an Article

Jump directly to Works Cited examples for the following types of print publications:

FAQ

How do I know if it's a print copy?

You should only cite something as a print source if you consulted the physical "hard copy" of the book or article. If you found something online--even if it's a scanned image of the print version--it should be cited as an electronic source.

How to Cite a Print Journal Article

References to print journal articles must contain the following elements:

 

Author, First, and Second Author. "Title of the Article in Quotes with All Important Words Capitalized." Name of Journal Italicized with All Important Words Capitalized Volume number.Issue number (Year in parentheses): pages. Print.

 

print journal citation elements

Note: Citations are single-spaced here, but be sure to double-space your Works Cited page.

How to Cite a Print Magazine Article

References to print magazine articles must include the following elements:

 

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

print magazing citation elements

Note: Citations are single-spaced here, but be sure to double-space your Works Cited page.

How to Cite a Print Newspaper Article

References to print newspaper articles must include the following elements:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

Note that newspapers' page numbers will look differently from a magazine; they will typically include both a number and letter. If the newspaper has multiple editions in the same day, i.e., an early and a late edition, include that information directly after the date of publication.

MLA - cite print newspaper article

Note: Citations are single-spaced here, but be sure to double-space your Works Cited page.

Dates

Remember to abbreviate all names of months, except for May, June and July:

Jan.    Feb.    Mar.
Apr.    Aug.    Sept.
Oct.    Nov.    Dec.

When citing magazine or newspaper articles, include the day, month and year of publication (if available). Write the date in the following format:

day Mo. YYYY
Example: 23 Sept. 2012

 

Use the same format for the date of access.