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MLA 7: Citing a journal or magazine article

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In-text citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue OWL: MLA In-text Citations.

Check cite!

Check your MLA knowledge by answering these two questions. Answers are below.
Question 1. Select the correct MLA citation for a magazine article

Anders, C. (2007, July). Supergirls Gone Wild. Mother Jones, 32(4), 71-73.

Retrieved November 9, 2008, from Academic Search Complete



Anders, Charlie. "Supergirls Gone Wild." Mother Jones July-Aug 2007: 71-73.



Anders, Charlie. Supergirls gone wild. "Mother Jones." July-Aug 2007: 71-73.



Anders, Charlie. "Supergirls gone wild." In Mother Jones (July-Aug 2007): pp

71-73. Print.

Question 2. Select the correct MLA citation for a journal article

Prokop, Pavol, et al. "Children's ideas of animals' internal structures." Journal

of Biological Education41.2 (Spring 2007): 62-67. Academic Search

Complete. EBSCO. Jerome Library, Bowling Green, OH. 12 June 2009.


Prokop, P., Prokop, M., Tunnicliffe, S., & Diran, C. (2007, Spring). Children's

Ideas of Animals' Internal Structures.Jour Biol Ed, 41(2), 62-67.

Retrieved June 12, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database.


Prokop, Pavol, et al. "Children's ideas of animals' internal structures." Journal

of Biological Education 41.2 (Spring 2007): 62-67. EBSCO. 12 June 2009


Prokop, Pavol, et al. "Children's Ideas of Animals' Internal Structures." Journal

of Biological Education41.2 (2007): 62-67. Academic Search Complete.

Web. 12 June 2009.

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