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MLA Style Guide - 7th Edition

Citing an Article

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

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.

 

 

 

How to Cite an Electronic Journal Article

References to electronic articles from a scholarly journal must include the following elements:

Author last name, First. “Article Title.” Name of Journal or Magazine volume number.issue number (publication date): start page – end page. Name of Database. Medium. Date of access.

scholarly journal citation elements

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

How to Cite an Electronic Magazine Article

References to electronic magazine articles must include the following elements:

 

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

 

electronic magazine article citation elements

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

How to Cite an Electronic Newspaper Article

Cite an electronic newspaper article following the same format as with magazine articles:

 

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

However, 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.

electronic newspaper article citation elements

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